Patient FAQs

Functional Evaluations

How long will the FCE take?
Depending on the type of (Vocational, Return to Work, Lift Capacity, or Cognitive) FCE, you should allow for 4-8 hours to complete the evaluation. This includes time to complete paperwork as well as complete the testing process.

What should I wear?
You should dress comfortably, with loose fitting clothing and sneakers. If you are required to wear any protective gear or special shoes, these items should be brought with you.

Should I take my meds?
Avoid pain medication prior to the test as it can affect the results. Do take any essential meds such as blood pressure regulators or cardiac medications. You can bring pain medications with you in the event that you need them following your evaluation.

Do I need to bring any documentation with me?
If a doctor referred you, you should bring the prescription that was given to during your appointment. Any testing results, such as MRI or X-ray results can also be given to the clinician prior to the test.

What is a functional capacity evaluation?
The Functional Capacity Evaluation is a statistically reliable tool for the determination of an individual’s ability to perform meaningful job specific work tasks. The test is used to evaluate human performance as it applies to individual activities of daily living or work related demands.

What will the results be used for?
The report can be used to evaluate progress with your treatment plan, determine appropriate work activity restrictions or provide guidance for appropriate job placement.

How soon will my doctor have the results?
OTC clinical specialists provide a next day turn around on all reports. This means your doctor will typically have the report the next business day following completion of your evaluation.

What should I expect prior to the test?
After you schedule your evaluation, OTC will mail you and your physician a letter with the date and time of your appointment. Our scheduling specialist will call you to confirm your appointment. Please call our staff immediately if you are unable to attend a scheduled appointment.

Can family members or friends come with me?
Family and friends are more than welcome to accompany you to the testing site. However, they will not be able to join you in the exam room or during any parts of the functional testing. They will have to stay in the waiting area until the completion of the test.

I need an interpreter, do you provide one?
Should you need an interpreter, OTC can provide one for you. Please notify the scheduling specialist when scheduling your FCE. We do require prior notice and will not be able to provide an interpreter if proper notification is not given.

I am unable to drive myself, do you provide transportation?
OTC can provide transportation to and from your FCE. Please notify the scheduling specialist when scheduling appointment so arrangements can be made.

Work Risk Analysis

What should I do at work to prepare for my work risk analysis?
Nothing. The purpose of the work risk analysis is to observe you performing your job as you normally would and identify risk factors for correction. You should plan on working a normal day.

Do I need to notify my employer?
An OTC ergo specialist will work with you and your employer to schedule the onsite visit. Many employers require outside entities to get pre-authorization or clearance to access your job site to perform the evaluation.

How is the Work Risk Analysis used?
The report will include a list of recommendations to make your work station or job safer and easier for you to perform. This may include modification of your seating, work equipment, office furniture, or changes in the way that you physically perform your job.

Job Analysis

I have been asked to produce a list of physical demands for an employee’s position. Can your company help me?
Yes, OTC professionals can perform a job analysis and work with your company to develop a well-written job description and physical demand analysis for your positions.

How can we reduce claims, injuries and associated costs in our workplace?
The Job Analysis can be used to develop a post-offer pre-placement screen for new applicants to evaluate their ability to perform essential components of work. This program can significantly reduce costs associated with injuries performing physically demanding positions and offers the opportunity for early safety training /remediation of mal-adaptive behaviors.

Do you have any services that could help decrease employee turnover and workers’ comp costs?
Yes! Our OTC specialists can produce a job analysis that clearly defines the essential functions and critical demands of a job. This report can be used to create a comprehensive job description as well as a post offer screen for all prospective employees.

Driver Rehabilitation Program

I had surgery recently and I’m concerned about driving again. Can you make sure I’m safe behind the wheel?
Yes. Our driver rehabilitation program is a multifaceted program designed to make sure clients are able to meet the necessary requirements to safely drive a vehicle. It consists of both an in-clinic evaluation as well as a behind the wheel evaluation of skill level and safety.

My child has a neurologic condition and we are uncertain he/she can drive. Can you offer guidance?
Yes. Our driving rehabilitation consultants are able to evaluate a person’s capabilities for a variety of impairments including cognitive, visual, and physical limitations.

What types of conditions or pathologies do your consultants typically see for driver evaluations?
Driver evaluations may be recommended for a variety of conditions, pathologies, and reasons. Typically there is a sudden change in functional status or progressive disease which has led to your physician referring for consultation. Some examples are mild to moderate dementia, visual disturbances, stroke, orthopedic surgery, head injury, and first time drivers with concurrent medical conditions such as ADHD.

Do I need a driver’s license?
For an in clinic evaluation; a driver’s license is not required. However, a license in good standing is required for a behind wheel evaluation.