Ohio State can help you regain functional abilities for your return to work.

If you were injured at work, you may be referred to Ohio State’s Functional Capacity Program. Our team will evaluate your current strength and physical endurance relative to your work responsibilities. Evaluation results will help determine whether you will be able to return to work in the same capacity as before your injury or if any restrictions will be required.

Our Patients

The Functional Capacity Program at Ohio State works with referred patients to help determine work restrictions or limitations and also partial or permanent disability claims. This includes patients with:

Why choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

Personalized Care: You will receive a personal evaluation that helps create an individualized care plan to meet your needs and lead you toward your health goals. Our team objectively measures your ability or disability related to future work and function. The Functional Capacity Evaluation measures your strength, flexibility, endurance, pain, effort and function, as well as your ability to perform a series of work-related tasks.

Accredited Care: We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care. Our physical therapists are certified in the WorkWell Systems™. Our program is clinically validated and our expert team has the technology, skill and training required to perform these extensive evaluations.

Nation’s Best: Ohio State’s rehabilitation program consistently ranks among the best in the nation. As an academic medical center, Ohio State offers comprehensive medical expertise, the most advanced technologies and treatment techniques and innovative care backed by research knowledge.

Our Services

Our Services

The Functional Capacity Program offers rehabilitation services after you have returned home from the hospital or another rehabilitation facility. These are known as outpatient services. These services help achieve your highest level of recovery. 

Our Functional Capacity Evaluation focuses on musculoskeletal strength, endurance, flexibility and mobility to determine your functional ability. We use this evaluation to determine your current and potential work status.

Our extensive evaluation process is a thorough series of tests that can last from one to two days. Your evaluation measures various physical functions as they apply to work-related duties, such as:

  • Balance Body mechanics 
  • Cardiovascular condition 
  • Coordination 
  • Flexibility 
  • Strength

Depending on the type of testing needed for your specific injury, you may be required to return to the Functional Capacity Program for a second day.

Treatment Team

Your Treatment Team

Your customized treatment plan starts with a team of specialists who may include:

  • Occupational medicine physicians who specialize in work-related injuries and diseases
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians or physiatrists who specialize in helping people regain body functions lost due to medical conditions or injuries 
  • Physical therapists who specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility 
  • Occupational therapists who specialize in improving patients’ ability to complete activities of daily living

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