National Physical Therapy Exam Practice

1.

A physical therapist is working in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. During the patient's history the patient reports, I tore 3 of my 4 Rotator cuff muscles in the past. Which of the following muscles cannot be considered as possibly being torn?

  • A. Teres minor
  • B. Teres major
  • C. Supraspinatus
  • D. Infraspinatus

2.

A physical therapist working on an ICU unit, notices a patient is experiencing SOB, calf pain, and warmth over the posterior calf. All of these may indicate which of the following medical conditions?

  • A. Patient may have a DVT.
  • B. Patient may be exhibiting signs of dermatitis.
  • C. Patient may be in the late phases of CHF.
  • D. Patient may be experiencing anxiety after surgery.

3.

A physical therapist is caring for a patient who has recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and COPD. Which of the following tasks should the physical therapist delegate to an aide?

  • A. Transferring the patient during the third visit.
  • B. Ambulating the patient for the first time.
  • C. Taking the patient's vital sign while setting up an exercise program.
  • D. Educating the patient on monitoring fatigue.

4.

A physical therapist is instructing a person who had a left CVA and right lower extremity hemiparesis to use a quad cane. Which of the following is the most appropriate gait sequence?

  • A. Place the cane in the patient's left upper extremity, encourage cane, then right lower extremity, then left upper extremity gait sequence.
  • B. Place the cane in the patient's left upper extremity, encourage cane, then left lower extremity, then right upper extremity gait sequence.
  • C. Place the cane in the patient's right upper extremity, encourage cane, then right lower extremity, then left upper extremity gait sequence.
  • D. Place the cane in the patient's right upper extremity, encourage cane, then left lower extremity, then right upper extremity gait sequence.

5.

A physical therapist is returning phone calls in a pediatric clinic. Which of the following reports most requires the physical therapist's immediate attention and phone call?

  • A. A 8 year-old boy has been vomiting and appears to have slower movements and has a history of an atrio-ventricular shunt placement.
  • B. A 10 year-old girl feels a dull pain in her abdomen after doing sit-ups in gym class.
  • C. A 7 year-old boy has been having a low fever and headache for the past 3 days that has history of an anterior knee wound.
  • D. A 7 year-old girl that had a cast on her right ankle is complaining of itching.

6.

A physical therapist is caring for a patient in the step down unit. The patient has signs of increased intracranial pressure. Which of the following is not a sign of increased intracranial pressure?

  • A. Bradycardia
  • B. Increased pupil size bilaterally
  • C. Change in LOC
  • D. Vomiting

7.

The charge nurse on a cardiac unit tells you a patient is exhibiting signs of right-sided heart failure. Which of the following would not indicate right-sided heart failure?

  • A. Nausea
  • B. Anorexia
  • C. Rapid weight gain
  • D. SOB (shortness of breath)

8.

A patient has recently been diagnosed with symptomatic bradycardia. Which of the following medications is the most recognized for treatment of symptomatic bradycardia?

  • A. Questran
  • B. Digitalis
  • C. Nitroglycerin
  • D. Atropine

9.

Which of the following arterial blood gas values indicates a patient may be experiencing a condition of metabolic acidosis?

  • A. PaO2 (91%)
  • B. Bicarbonate 159
  • C. CO(2) 48 mm Hg
  • D. pH 7.33

10.

A patient has suffered a left CVA and has developed severe hemiparesis resulting in a loss of mobility. The physical therapist notices on assessment that an area over the patient's left elbow appears as non-blanchable erythema and the skin is intact. The physical therapist should score the patient as having which of the following?

  • A. Stage I pressure ulcer
  • B. Stage II pressure ulcer
  • C. Stage III pressure ulcer
  • D. Stage IV pressure ulcer