Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)

FCE Purpose

National Rehab Partners' Functional Capacity Evaluation is an intensive, systematic evaluation process for determining an injured employee's physical and funcational ability to perform work. The evaluation clearly defines various job components and determines how well an individual can safely perform these tasks.

Evaluation Process

The evaluation measures the physical demands for a specific job using the following information sources: The Dictionary of Occupational Titles published by the U.S. Department of Labor, job site analysis data and/or a detailed job description provided by the employer. This information allows the evaluator to customize the test as needed to accurately simulate the client's specific job capabilities. The evaluation also meets the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) guidelines in regard to safety, reliability, validity, practicality, and utility assuring legal defensibility in court. Assessments are performed on the client's capabilities and limitations, which impact work, recreation, and/or daily activities. A client's maximum capabilities are quantitatively determined in areas of strength, mobility, endurance, balance, and functional activites.

Referral Questions

The FCE is performed in order to gather information regarding a client's work capabilities. Information documented on the FCE is tailored to address the referral source's questions pertaining to the client and may be used to facilitate case closure or identify the next appropriate step in regard to the client's rehabilitation. 

(In association with the National Rehab Partners)
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Isokinetics

A HUMAC NORM Isokinetic test helps take the guesswork out of documenting the need for treatment, patient progression, and return-to-work/sport decisions. The theory behind isokinetic testing is muscle movement isolation.  By isolating the muscle groups and testing how much they can handle, therapists can identify where you are the weakest and what movements might be contributing to your pain.
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Aquatic Therapy

Therapeutic pools offer many advantages to individuals. Our aquatic therapy offers treatment for many different patient diagnoses encompassing everything from post-surgical, non-surgical, orthopedic, and rheumatologic, as well as chronic pain. Aquatic therapy offered in our 92-94 degree therapeutic pool, offers many advantages and benefits to individuals recovering from all phases of injury or illness.

Some benefits of aquatic therapy are:
  • Relaxation and relief of the joints to provide a more pain free environment for treatment
  • Buoyancy helps to reduce the effects of gravity allowing for increased joint range of motion
  • Increased body awareness to improve coordination
  • Assistance with gait training and balance
  • Resistance to strengthen muscles
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Trigger Point Dry Needling

TDN is a treatment for muscular tightness and spasm which commonly follows injuries and often accompanies the degenerative processes.  This muscular tightness and spasm will cause compression and irritation of the nerves exiting the spine.  When the nerves are irritated, they cause a protective spasm of all the muscles to which they are connected.  This may cause peripheral diagnoses, such as carpal tunnel, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, decreased mobility, and chronic pain.  Small, thin needles are inserted in the muscles at the trigger points causing the pain referral.  The muscles would then contract and release, improving the flexibility of the muscle and decreasing symptoms.

Advantage Therapy offers TDN treatment of the following:
  • Gluteus Maximus
  • Gluteus Medius
  • Gluteus Minimus
  • Piriformis
  • Tensor Fascia Latae
  • Longissimus
  • Iliocostalis Throacis
  • Multifidus
  • Vastus Lateralis
  • Vastus Intermedius
  • Vastus Medialis
  • Rectus Femoris
  • Sartorius
  • Gracilis
  • Adductor Longus
  • Adductor Magnus
  • Semimembranosus
  • Semitendinosus
  • Biceps Femoris
  • Gastrocnemius
  • Soleus
  • Tibialis Anterior
  • Peroneus Longus
  • Peroneus Brevis
  • Extensor Digitorum
  • Trapezius
  • Cervical Muscles
  • Semispinalis Capitis
  • Splenius Capitis
  • Semispinalis Cervicis
  • Cervical Multifidus
  • Infraspinatus
  • Teres Major
  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Deltoids
  • Pectoralis Major
  • Biceps
  • Brachialis
  • Triceps
  • Brachioradialis
  • Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis
  • Extensor Carpi Ulnaris
  • Supinator
  • Pronator Teres
  • Flexor Carpi Radialis
  • Flexor Digitorum
  • Flexor Carpi Ulnaris
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Graston Technique

Graston Technique effectively breaks down scar tissue and reduces inflammation that causes pain and restricted mobility.  Historically, the Graston Technique has had positive outcomes in 75-90% of all conditions treated.  It is equally effective in restoring functions to acute and chronic injuries and pre- and post-surgical patients.

Graston Technique is clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes when treating the following:
  • Achilles Tendinosis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis
  • Cervical Sprain/Strain
  • Lateral Epicondylosis
  • Lumbar Sprain/Strain
  • Medial Epicondylosis
  • Patellofemoral Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splints
  • Trigger Finger
  • Women's Health
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Cupping

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alterntive medicine in which cups are placed on your skin for a few minutes to create suction in order to stretch the soft tissue and fascial layers. The suction helps to decompress the soft tissue, reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, promote relaxation, and well-being similar to that of a deep tissue massage. 
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Wellness Plans After Discharge

Our Wellness Program is set up only for Advantage Therapy patients who have been discharged from skilled and supervised therapy. The goal of our program is to allow patients to gain training and knowledge of exercises to transition into a home program or routine at your local gym.

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