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Functional Abilities Evaluations

At TSR Clinics we offer various types of Functional Abilities Evaluations (FAEs) to suit your unique needs.

1. General FAE

  • This type of FAE is typically performed over two days, 3-4 hours each day.
  • Components of this test include measurement of an individualís tolerance to perform standard physical tasks such as sitting, standing, lifting & carrying, pushing & pulling, bending & stooping, squatting, kneeling, reaching, and hand use.
  • Working energy & endurance is also measured over both days of the assessment

2. Functional Abilities with Comparison to Required Physical Demands

  • This type of FAE is typically performed over two days, 4-5 hours each day.
  • Components of this test include measurement of an individualís tolerance to perform physical tasks specific to their jobs as well as any occupation.
  • An individualís physical abilities are matched to a Physical Demands Analysis provided by the referral source, or to a Work Analysis generated by TSR Clinics ergonomic specialists.
  • Working energy & endurance is also measured over both days of the assessment

3. Cognitive & Physical Abilities Evaluation

  • This type of FAE can be performed as a 2-5 day FAE (depending on the clientís needs), 4-5 hours per day.
  • Along with the components of a General FAE, an individualís functional cognitive ability is also functionally assessed. This type of FAE is typically used for individuals who have cognitive issues as well as physical impairments, as is the case with certain individuals that have sustained a brain injury, stroke or individuals with chronic pain disorders. Memory, attention, concentration, problem solving ability, communication, along with various other cognitive faculties are tested to determine possible restrictions, and modifications that may be required for an individual in the workplace.
  • Working energy & endurance is also assessed.

4. Multiple Day FAE

  • Any of the above mentioned testing formats can be applied to either 3, 4, or 5 days to testing (3 - 5 hours each day). This option is best when there is question or concern over an individualís ability to work over multiple days in a week.
  • Working energy & endurance is also measured over all test days

5. One day FAE

  • This type of FAE is performed over one day for 5-6 hours.
  • Much like a General FAE, this format of testing is used to screen an individualís ability to perform standard physical tasks. Testing is completed over 1 day; therefore comparison of results over two days is not possible.
  • Working energy & endurance is also assessed.
  • This format of testing is ideal for establishing base-line data for a client, or to verify if it is safe for an individual to return to work.

Frequently asked questions about Functional Abilities Evaluations ...

Whatís included in the FAEís?
At TSR we perform thorough assessments and furnish superior reports that will be of value to you. Here is what you can expect from us:

  • Direct, straight forward (not convoluted) answers to referral questions. We also avoid the use of jargon
  • A summary page of results outlining physical abilities and tolerances
  • A detailed review of medical history summarized in chronological order in the report
  • Clinical assessments including measurements of range of motion, physical strength, orthopedic testing, and neuromuscular tests
  • Results of clinical tests, work simulated tests, and consistency tests incorporated into easy to read tables in the reports
  • Results from our ĎWorking Energy and Endurance Testí that is far superior than standard aerobic capacity tests, as it determines the level of work that the individual is able to sustain

Who conducts an FAE?

A registered occupational therapist will conduct the majority of the FAE. At most of the testing sites, a registered chiropractor or physiotherapist will perform the orthopedic and neurological tests.

When can I expect the report?

Reports are typically furnished within 7 business days.

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