Hey fellow spineys, got a question. I am having a 3 hour Functional Capacity evaluation tomorrow ordered by my pain Dr. I had a 2 level cervical fusion last year that is causing me to have headaches about every day. In September this year I had a 2 level lumbar laminectomy which helped with leg pain but did nothing for the Facet joint arthritis in my lower back which hurts constantly. I hurt sitting after a period of about 20 minutes then standing for less time before the pain begins again then changing positions etc.
My question is, does the FCE measure simple physical capacity and how does it measure pain? I am still quite strong since I have been a power lifter all my adult life so I am a bit confused as to what this is actually going to tell us. Can anyone help?
PS: The pain Doc ordered this in order to fill out the disability forms for work. I am on short term and will be long term in Febuary if this is not fixed.