Functional capacity assessments

Acumen Health provide functional capacity assessments to help analyse a person’s performance against functional demands of a role.

Functional capacity assessments are completed by either an occupational therapist, exercise physiologist or physiotherapist and help analyse a person’s ability to perform their role.

The results allow organisations, insurers and specialists to understand a worker’s current capacity for work, suitability for pre-injury roles, and provide general recommendations for their ongoing management.

They test strength, flexibility, posture, movements and physical activities.

A functional capacity assessment can be used to demonstrate an individual’s capacity to:

  • Undertake a new vocation (i.e. test the demands of the new role and confirm the individual is capable of sustaining that role)
  • Undertake a task or role they may not have been completing (i.e. whether or not they have recovered in line with treatment expectations and are therefore able to sustain various components of their role)
  • Undertake any type of work (e.g. if there are conflicting opinions or minimal feedback from a treatment practitioner this will be able to demonstrate what that individual is capable of)

Some of the tests we conduct are:

  • Manual muscle strength testing / myotome testing
  • Reflex testing
  • Range of motion
  • GAIT
  • GRIP test
  • STEP test
  • Functional ability testing (such as sitting tolerance and walking)
  • Dynamic assessment
  • Manual handling

Ideal outcomes of a functional capacity assessment include:

  • A concise report that outlines a worker’s current functional abilities
  • A clear indication of whether the worker is capable of safely engaging in a specific role or if there’s a better-suited alternative
  • Ongoing recommendations for the worker’s management (e.g., workplace ergonomics or potential treatments)

To learn more about our functional capacity assessments please contact us.

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