At Rehab Services

Our goal is to help you return to the quality of life you used to enjoy before your injury or illness - as quickly as possible and in the most caring, compassionate environment imaginable. Rehab Services is a privately owned therapy practice serving the residents of Winnemucca, Elko, and Rexburg, Idaho. While the majority of our care takes place in our outpatient rehabilitation clinics, we also provide therapy services to school children, skilled nursing facility residents, hospital patients and those in home care settings.

Learn more about physical therapy Find out how to manage the rigors of daily work activity Read about our speech-language pathology Learn about our many types of speciality care programs

Functional Capacity Evaluations

A Functional Capacity Evaluation is a physical test designed to measure a patient's physical abilities by having him/her perform various activities that simulate on-the-job work. Typically, our patients are injured workers referred by their doctor or caseworker. The FCE is performed over a two-day period and measures the patient's maximum strength and tolerance to specific job-related activities. Abilities tested include balance, coordination, lifting, stair and ladder climbing, sitting and standing tolerance. The goal of the FCE is to get the patient back to work quickly and safely.

The program components we offer include:

  • Musculoskeletal evaluation
  • Validity of effort testing
  • Cardiovascular/endurance testing
  • Functional/work tolerance testing
  • Functional mobility testing
  • Body mechanics assessment
  • Observation of employee traits and behaviors

The benefits of this exam:

  • Provides an objective measure of an employee's validity of effort, assisting in the determination of employees who are "magnifying" symptoms or giving sub maximal effort
  • Outlines specific physical demands/work tolerances, validity and worker traits and behavior
  • Identifies safe parameters and options for return-to-work

Injured employees must be evaluated to avoid long term disability and other situations. With the help of our professional team, we can help you and your company to get the full picture and evaluate the true condition of an employee that is suffering from a condition. It would be wrong to believe that no employee has ever exaggerated their injuries. We can identify these situations to assist your company in avoiding the costs of an employee who has not returned to work. There are also situations in which an employee is injured badly and truly requires the evaluation to determine what capacity they could function in at your company, safely. Our full battery of tests will allow you to get a true picture of the situation so that you can make the right decisions about what to do. This is of great importance as our evaluation could protect you and your company in the future.

Employees and Functional Capacity: Get Answers

Our full battery of tests is geared to identify actual areas of weakness, including finding those instances in which there has been an exaggeration of the condition. We have developed this program as a service to employers who need to ensure that an injured employee gets back to work in the right job, and as quickly as possible. If the employee is no longer able to perform their earlier duties due to a real physical condition, we can advise you of their actual functional capacity so that you can put them on the job in another function in your company that will not exacerbate the condition, and allow it to heal safely, and without further stress upon the areas of the body that led to the injury or condition. Our physical therapy programs are developed on a one-on-one basis, based upon the physical condition of the employee.

We can identify and test the actual physical capacity for employees with back injuries, arm, leg or foot injuries, as well as all types of repetitive motion injuries. As an employer, you may hold a legal obligation to those employees who are injured while performing their duties at work. We help you to make sure that they performing work duties that will not put their safety – or the safety of others -- at risk.