Functional capacity evaluation in chronic whiplash: time for changing disability assessments!
Patients with chronic whiplash pain often complain of the lack of objective evaluation of their medical
problem by insurance physicians and during medical check-ups. New research from the northern part of the
Netherlands (University Medical Center Groningen) has shown that functional capacity evaluation, a 60 minutes
examination comprising of a battery of tests, can generate reliable data in patients with chronic pain following
whiplash injury. The examination included tests like material handling, hand grip strength, repetitive arm movements,
static arm activities, walking speed, and a 3 min step test.
A second study from the same group examined the
associations between the functional capacity evaluation and self-reported disability levels in patients with
chronic pain following whiplash injury. Use of such thorough examination would greatly advance the quality of
disability assessment and capacity for (un)employment.