A Functional Assessment is completed by a registered physiotherapist. This includes tests for range of movement, strength, neurological examination and other tests specific to the physical issues outlined. Further testing assesses general functional abilities such as walking, standing, sitting and more specific functional activities related to the job and the presenting physical issues. Tests are completed to help determine sub maximal effort.
A Functional Assesment provides a clear picture of physical and functional ability while an individual is recuperating from an injury or disability.
A Functional Assessment does many things including:
The assessment can help both the patient and the employer determine whether he or she is fit to return to the official duties of a typical work day.
In addition, the patient can use a functional abilities evaluation to determine whether he or she is physically impaired by a work related injury in addition to determining work capability.
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