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You are treating a patient who is 3 days post-op right medial meniscus repair. Which treatment goal would be most important to achieve during this period?

A. Normalize gait

B. Increase isolated quadriceps strength

C. Increase knee flexion range of motion

D. Control swelling

Rationale: D

Which of the following conditions would benefit from exercises emphasizing spinal flexion?

A. Vertebral body fracture

B. Lumbar zygapophyseal dysfunction

C. Herniated L4-L5 intervertebral disk

D. Spinal foramen stenosis

Rationale: D

You are treating a patient with an acute herniated L4-L5 disk. The patient injured his back 2 days ago. Which modality would be the least appropriate at this stage?

A. Transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS)

B. Cold pack applied to the low back

C. Mechanical traction

D. Electrical stimulation

Rationale: C

You are treating a patient with a left rotator cuff tear in the critical zone, which is an area very susceptible to a tear. It is called the critical zone because the area is known for which of the following?

A. Hypertrophy

B. Hypervascularity

C. Hypovascularity

D. Atrophy

Rationale: C

You are treating a patient with a scaphoid fracture. Which anatomic area of the hand would you expect to be tender?

A. Hypothenar eminence

B. Anatomic snuff box

C. The no-man zone

D. Palmar fascia

Rationale: B

During the normal gait cycle, which muscle would NOT play a concentric role during toe-off (preswing)?

A. Flexor hallucis longus

B. Plantaris

C. Tibialis anterior

D. Gastrocnemius

Rationale: C


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