Functional Capacity Evaluation Program

A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a battery of tests used to determine a person's safe ability to return to work and to identify limitations after an injury or illness. Activities include bending, squatting, reaching, lifting, pushing, pulling, walking and stair climbing. While a FCE can be ordered by an insurance company, we require a physician's referral for you to have an FCE.

patient climbing ladder with package in hand.
patient pushing against machine.

patient lifting above his head.

What Should You Expect From Your Visit?

Most FCEs can be completed in 2 hours. Some may take up to 4 hours depending on the reason the FCE is being performed.

Physical Therapy at IHP
Institute For Human Performance
1st Fl., 505 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & direction
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: Mon. Wed. Fri. - 7am-4:30pm, Tues. Thurs. - 7am-6pm

Preparing for Your Visit

  • If you take medications, please take them as scheduled.
  • Please bring a list of your medications with you to your visit.
  • Bring copies of any medical reports or diagnostic tests to your visit.
  • Dress comfortably (shorts, sweatpants, sneakers) as you will be performing activities involving bending, squatting, lifting and walking.
  • Please arrange for child care.
  • Pay parking lots are available.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am still receiving physical therapy for my injury; can I still receive a FCE?
No, the FCE should be scheduled once you have completed your rehabilitation.

I just had surgery; can I still receive a FCE?
No. You will need clearance from your surgeon before we can schedule the FCE.

I am pregnant; can I still receive a FCE?
No.

Providers

Matthew L Bowman, PT, DPT
Matthew L Bowman, PT, DPT
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2011, Physical Therapy
  • PT: Ithaca College, 2001, Physical Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Ankle Sprain; Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury; Arthritis; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD ); Cystic Fibrosis (CF); Knee Cartilage Tear; more

Clinical Interests

  • Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Orthopedics

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)


Susan J Giegold, PT, DPT
Susan J Giegold, PT, DPT
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, 2007, Physical Therapy
  • BS: University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK, 1983, Physical Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Concussion; Dizziness and Vertigo; Neck Injuries; Concussion Management, Rehab Service; Functional Capacity Evaluation; Vestibular Rehabilitation

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)