New case studies are released frequently, each challenging a different aspect of clinical reasoning.

Mentor input is added to popular cases around one month later, available to registered members (click here to join).

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case study on shoulder pain

Case study: Insidious onset shoulder pain [12min read]

Background This insidious shoulder pain case focuses on comprehensive history taking, interpretation of imaging and physical examination findings and management planning in constrained occupational ...
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case study on lower back pain

Case study: Lower Back Pain [+ audio comments from Physiotherapy mentor – 30min read]

Background Lower back pain can present diagnostic difficulties without a clear structural diagnosis. Use this case to develop a functional (rather than structural) approach ...
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anterior hip pain

Case study: Anterior hip pain in an office worker [15min read]

Background - Anterior hip pain This anterior hip pain case will test your knowledge of pathologies that can cause anterior hip pain, your interpretation ...
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complex hip pain

Case study – Complex hip pain [+ audio comments from our mentors – 30min read]

Background This case study requires advanced reasoning to provide explanations for symptom behaviour and to justify clinical decisions in the absence of a clear ...
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case study on chronic knee pain

Case study: Chronic knee pain [+ audio answers – 25min read]

Background - Chronic knee pain This case study on chronic knee pain focuses on linking findings in the history, examination and imaging to the ...
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case study on chronic knee pain

CPD Case study: Chronic knee pain [+ audio answers from a Physiotherapy mentor – 30min read]

Background This case looks at chronic knee pain without an obvious cause. It focuses on designing an effective management approach without clear objective findings ...
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How to utilise Physiotherapy case studies

A case study will present an injury or condition along with some context or background information.

As Physiotherapists are well aware, no injury is as simple as the text book presentation and a patient’s situation, background and motivations must be taken into account for successful management of the case.

The world’s best rehab program is worth nothing in the hands of the world’s least motivated patient…

Each of these cases presents a different challenge – it’s not as simple as guessing the correct diagnosis, or going with your standard approach to ankle assessment.

The cases will offer slightly different challenges, from designing a successful management plan without a firm diagnosis, to considering an injury in the context of other physiological factors such as adolescent growth.

Case studies are not the resource to use to memorise different presentations and diagnoses. You could do that by reading any text book – we strongly recommend Brukner & Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine as a great reference for sports injury info.

Once you’ve absorbed all the injury info and seen a few patients, case studies are the best way to apply that knowledge in different contexts.

Once you’ve gone through and responded to the prompt questions, it doesn’t end there.

You can match your answers against the mentor’s responses and rationale. You could match it against a colleague who has also attempted the case study. Or you could bounce your answers and reasoning off a senior colleague at work.

The goal here is not just getting the right answer – it’s about having the right reasoning behind that answer that is the key building block to a successful career.

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