Case study

This case study for Physiotherapists presents an insidious onset shoulder pain in a technician. It discusses diagnostic reasoning, imaging and management.

History Jenny is a 34 year old new Mother with a 2 month old baby girl. She presents with lower back pain (LBP) associated with prolonged sitting and picking up her baby from ground level. What additional questions do you need to ask that are specific to a new mother? The pain commenced 3 weeks …

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History Sue is a 45 year old active lady with a desk job. She has noticed worsening Left anterior hip pain that commenced six months ago without any incident that she can recall. Does the lack of an incident to trigger the onset of pain help narrow your diagnostic hypotheses? How so? Sue enjoys hiking …

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Background This case study requires advanced reasoning to provide explanations for symptom behaviour and to justify clinical decisions. A knowledge of running biomechanics is also beneficial but not mandatory for this case. History Emma is a 24 year old competitive runner/sprinter with worsening Left hip pain. This pain started mid last season without any obvious …

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Background This case study on chronic knee pain focuses on linking findings in the history, examination and imaging to the patient’s presentation and symptoms. It also encompasses the development of a rehab plan based on examination findings. History Cassandra is a 52 year old active lady with a five year history of Left chronic knee …

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Background This case looks at chronic knee pain without an obvious cause. It focuses on designing an effective management approach without clear objective findings. Case study David, a 48 year old male, presents with chronic knee pain on his Right side. He is active and surfs regularly as well as doing weekly boot camp classes …

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Background Lateral ankle sprains can cause ligament damage as well as injury to bone, tendon, cartilage and capsular structures. Use this case and the prompt questions to refine your approach to ascertaining the diagnosis and treatment goals. Case Semi-professional basketballer, 24 year old male, with a history of lateral ankle sprain injuries. Consider the impact …

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