Capacity Evaluation

What is capacity evaluation?

A capacity evaluation’s primary purpose is to evaluate your ability to participate in work. During a capacity evaluation, a physical or occupational therapist compares your health status and body functions to the demands of your job and work environment. A capacity evaluation can also be used to assess cognitive ability.

A capacity evaluation usually begins with an interview, a review of your medical records and a musculoskeletal screening. This screening may consist of activities such as lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, walking, balancing, crouching and hand manipulation. The therapist may monitor your level of pain during these activities.

After the evaluation, the therapist writes a report that summarizes your job-related physical abilities, ways to enhance work performance and, if relevant, treatment recommendations.