1. You are currently treating a patient for glenohumeral hypomobility and pain. Due to this, your patient is having difficulties with overhead activities. Your patient has normal muscle length of the shoulder girdle musculature and you decide to perform Grade III inferior glides in 90 degrees of shoulder flexion. After each session your patient complains of 5/10 pain that lasts more than 24 hours following joint mobilization. Which of the following would be the most appropriate treatment modification?


2. You have begun a gait training program with a deconditioned patient 6 weeks s/p CABG x3. You immediately notice that your patient displays forefoot contact and genu recurvatum. Which of the following would be the most effective treatment to improve this patient’s gait pattern?


3. You are currently performing postural education with a patient diagnosed with L5 spondylolisthesis. During treatment, the patient begins to complain of mild low back pain during exercise. In which position should you place the patient to reduce pain?


4. You are treating a patient who experienced a biceps femoris strain 1 week ago. You have physician orders to begin a lower extremity strengthening program. Currently the patient displays 4 out of 10 posterior thigh pain. Which of the following treatments would best minimize pain provocation while also strengthening the hamstrings?


5. You are currently treating a 12 y/o female patient for anterior knee pain following a lateral patellar dislocation. This dislocation occurred after landing from a jump during a basketball game. Palpation reveals swelling and pain medial to the patella. Which of the following objective findings would most likely be discovered during the exam?


6. Which of the following exercises would be least appropriate for a recent ACL reconstruction patient?


7. Although increases in strength can occur relatively quickly, you would not expect your patient to experience muscle hypertrophy for at least _______________ after beginning a strengthening program.


8. (This Question is relatively similar to an O’Sullivan question that I find interesting)

Which of the following tests would be the least effective in assessing ACL ligament integrity?


9. A patient presents to your clinic with right unilateral low back pain. They display a positive right faber’s test and report that their pain worsens during right single limb stance. Assessment reveals an anteriorly rotated right innominate (coxal bone). Palpation of the right SI joint reproduces patient symptoms. Additionally, during the subjective interview, your patient reports a mild increase in low back pain while urinating that feels different from the pain provoked during palpation. Which of the following is most appropriate?


10. You are treating a patient with a diagnosis of medial epicondylitis. Palpation of the common flexor tendon does not provoke pain but the patient does complain of tingling in what you identify as the ulnar nerve distribution. Which of the following is most warranted?


6 thoughts on “Musculoskeletal Practice Quiz

  • March 8, 2016 at 8:37 am

    great questions ! They are similar to NPTE questions. Thanks!

  • March 14, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Great questions!!..Really helpful in improving knowledge.

  • August 4, 2016 at 4:10 am

    i like these review questions!

  • September 18, 2016 at 6:03 am

    hey in the question #5 its says it is common to find internal rotator tightness. but the question has an option saying internal rotator weakness. so are the options wrong? can anyone help me on that please?

    • September 18, 2016 at 6:05 am

      oh i got it sorry…


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