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Sample NPTE Question #10

10.Physical Therapy Exam Question
A 59 year old male patient is being evaluated for left shoulder pain.  The patient reports that his shoulder pain is closely associated with activity, including stress at work.  The patient reports that at worst, the pain radiates into his jaw, and he feels shortness of breath which subsides with rest.  What would the MOST appropriate intervention be?

  1. Begin passive range of motion exercises within the pain free range of motion.
  2. Postpone treatment and refer the patient to his physician for further evaluation.
  3. Apply a moist heat pack to the shoulder and instruct the patient on activity modification.
  4. Begin the patient with rotator cuff exercises within the pain reduced range of motion and instruct patient on activity modification.

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