2Kinematic Consultants Test and Measurement Services for Workers Compensation Issues Specializing In Kinematic Functional Capacity EvaluationsUtilizing “State of the Art” Technology (APAS) to Measure Function in Work, ADL and Recreation Activities.
4Test Protocols Designed and Administered by Licensed Physical TherapistsBiomedical EngineersKinematics
5Medical and Workers Compensation Issues Considered Safe Return to WorkAltered Duty Capacity RecommendationResidual Dysfunction %Examinee ReliabilityCase ClosureLegal Support
6Providing Support in Medical Decision Making To: Treating PhysicianIndependent Medical Evaluation PhysicianCase ManagerRehabilitation NurseInsurance and Risk Management PersonnelEmployer
7What To Expect From An FCE? EXAMINEE RELIABILITY during the FCE (% Effort Level and Coefficient of Variation).RESIDUAL DEFICIT OR DYSFUNCTION (body part specific.)GENERAL FUNCTIONAL ABILITY (activities of daily living: walking, balancing, bending, climbing, squat, reach, etc.).SPECIFIC STRENGTH CAPABILITY (push, pull, lift).SPECIFIC WORK CAPACITY category (Examinee’s specific and current qualification: sedentary thru very heavy).JOB REQUIREMENTS (Job description from Employer and Dictionary of Occupational Titles).Definitive Statement of Examinee’s capacity to return to FULL DUTY, ALTERED DUTY OR NOT AT ALL.
8In Summary, A Kinematic FCE Answers The Following: Is the Examinee:Demonstrating maximum effort and cooperation during the FCE?Suffering residual dysfunction?Capable of safe return to work for or altered duty?”In Summary, A Kinematic FCE Answers The Following:
9How Do We Get The Answers You Need? Standard “Low Technology” Functional Capacity EvaluationVerses“High Technology” (APAS) Kinematic Functional Capacity Evaluation
10LOW TECHNOLOGY FCE SUBJECTIVE Traditional Toolbox Eyes Hands Video Tape measureGoniometry
11* Technology Courtesy of Ariel Dynamics Inc, San Diego, CA. HIGH TECHNOLOGY FCEOBJECTIVEClick on the picture to see the animation3D Kinematic Computer Analysis of Motion (APAS)*Kinetic Ground Reaction Forces / Balance (APAS)*Computerized Strength Analysis Equipment(CES)*Dynamic EMG [electromyography] (APAS)** Technology Courtesy of Ariel Dynamics Inc, San Diego, CA.
12KINEMATIC ASSESSMENT: “THREE DIMENSION MOVEMENT ANALYSIS”
13TECHNICAL ADVANCES FROM THE SCIENCE OF SPORT ANALYSIS * Technology Courtesy of Ariel Dynamics Inc, San Diego, CA.Click on the picture to see the animation
49Outcome Work technique contributes to shoulder and low back stress. Researched plant construction and found this aeration system to be outdated.Reconstruction not feasible.Changed work biomechanics technique to de-stress shoulder and low back.
50Office Worker: Chronic Neck and Back Pain Worker suffers chronic neck and back pain resulting from multiple automobile accidents.Job requires 90% computer terminal work.Is ergonomic workstation or work technique a contributing factor?
51Ergonomic Work Station Analysis Head Tilted BackMonitor Too HighUpper Back TensionFeet Flat On GroundChair Back Inclined
52Outcome Modifications Suggested Include: New, sturdy chair with ergonomic adjustments.Take Monitor off elevated platform.Back seat adjusted to more upright position.Seat raised to decrease shoulder stress.Adjustable foot rest added to decrease low back tension.Employee performs job in a relaxed posture, relieving chronic neck and back strain.
54Case #1 No Light At The End of the Carpal Tunnel
55A 32 year old road laborer who developed Carpal Tunnel from repetitive stress trauma. Patient diagnosed with EMG and NCV.Surgical release performed 16 months prior to analysis.Patient returning to court for upgraded impairment rating for continued pain and dysfunction.FCE ordered by the County for accurate assessment and verification of complaints.
56* Technology Courtesy of Ariel Dynamics Inc, San Diego, CA.
57* Technology Courtesy of Ariel Dynamics Inc, San Diego, CA.
58* Technology Courtesy of Ariel Dynamics Inc, San Diego, CA.
59FinancialJudge originally awarded a 12.5% for the operated right carpal tunnel.OutcomeFCE results reveal no current dysfunction of right wrist.Right wrist functioning better than left.No increase in impairment rating.
61Chronic Cervical Sprain Drug Counselor [clerical job] with a diagnosis of whiplash cervical sprain.Date of Incident, 1 1/2 years prior to analysis.Complaints of constant pain, severe spasm in Sterno Cleido Mastoid Muscle (right).In and out of work multiple times since incident.
62* Technology Courtesy of Ariel Dynamics Inc, San Diego, CA.
63* Technology Courtesy of Ariel Dynamics Inc, San Diego, CA.
64OutcomeFCE negative for objective evidence in support of her complaints of ROM distress.Dynamic EMG demonstrates SCM symmetry, negative for spasm.Recommendations:No active treatment.
66Remote Functional Capacity Evaluation 31 year old male.Struck by an automobile while working.Resulted in a Fractured Pelvis and Low Back Sprain.Treated for 2 years and declared to be totally disabled for life by his Orthopedic Surgeon.
67* Technology Courtesy of Ariel Dynamics Inc, San Diego, CA.
68* Technology Courtesy of Ariel Dynamics Inc, San Diego, CA.
74The Fall 47 year old laborer, Home Improvement Center. Incident involving lifting of stock, fell backwards, injuring his low back. No hard diagnostic evidence.1 1/2 years after incident, he continues to be out of work and seeking medical opinions. Complaints include severe back pain, right and left legs give out and collapse.
87What can a Kinematic FCE Do For You as Employer or Risk Manager? Kinematic FCE cannot determine the diagnosis.It can confirm whether the Examinee is moving, lifting, push/ pulling, bending, posturing, and or demonstrating muscular imbalance in a dysfunctional manner that is compatible with diagnosis and or complaints.It can determine Examinee’s Reliability to perform with maximum effort during the FCE (correlate with symptom magnification and or malingering).It can match Examinee’s current ability with essential job demands.It can determine safe return to work.It can provide objective evidence for case closure, case settlement and “fitness for duty (employee termination)”.
88When should an FCE be CONSIDERED? At 4-5 week, post injury, when soft tissue injury patient is not responding as expected to treatment and or is not back to work, full duty (results can help you decide if there are non-medical issues, symptom magnifying , malingering issues or real functional issues that may need further diagnostic or medical consideration.When the treating physician has concluded the patient has reached MMI and there is a question of work capability.When multiple body parts are involved and, or the patient is recovering from lumbar, cervical, shoulder, hip, knee or ankle surgery.Anytime the treating physician or case manager has reached a roadblock in getting an injured employee back to work.
89Additional Considerations When objective residual disability information is needed for case settlement.To supplement and strengthen an Independent Medical Evaluation.When objective information is needed to strengthen a case position for settlement and or legal disposition.To assist with case closure in the case of a problem Examinee.
90Do Kinematic FCE’s Help the Bottom Line Of Your Business?