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Free Physical Therapist Practice Test (Continued)

This is the continuation of Free Physical Therapist Practice Test. Take this test to get an idea of what is on the National Physical Therapist Exam (NPTE) for physical therapists (PT). The NPTE for PTs is a standardized exam produced by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. In case you miss any questions, adequate explanations have been provided. We highly recommend you to take this test.

  1. 10 questions in all. There is no time constraint, so take your time. You need to score at least 80% to pass
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#1. Pain from gallstones often refers to the:


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The disruption of organs in the body often refers pain to other areas. Gallbladder pain often refers to the right shoulder and scapular area.

#2. When working with a patient with Chron's disease, the patient should avoid the following when trying to manage their pain:


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NSAIDs can cause irritation to the intestinal lining. Because Chron’s disease already causes significant GI irritation, patient’s with Chron’s should avoid NSAIDs such as ibuprofen.

#3. You are performing seated exercise with a patient in acute care that has a complete SCI at T5. While performing exercise, he reports a sudden onset of a pounding headache and hisface is flushed. He begins sweating profusely and is nauseated. You suspect autonomic dysreflexia. The BEST next step is to:


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Autonomic dysreflexia can be caused by backup of urinary flow due to disruption of the catheter, blockages, or a full bag. The therapist should immediately rectify any visible catheter disruptions, then call for the nurse.

#4. You are treating a new mother for lower back pain. She reveals during the session that she is having urinary incontinence frequently, especially when she coughs or sneezes. The best intervention to begin for her is:


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New mothers can experience stress incontinence due to weakened pelvic floor muscles. Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor and can help with stress incontinence.

#5. While performing an evaluation, the therapist palpates a hard, non-movable, lump in the patient's right axillary. The best action to take next is:


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Hard, non-movable lymph nodes can be a cause for concern. While the patient does not need emergency medical treatment, they will need to have it checked by a physician if they have not already done so.

#6. When determining therapeutic exercises for patients in phase 1 management of lymphedema, which of the following is appropriate:


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While exercise is beneficial for patients undergoing lymphedema treatment, high intensity activity should be avoided.

#7. An elderly patient reports bouts of dizziness regularly throughout the day. The patient has multiple comorbitiies she is being treated for. Her blood pressure is normal and positional vertigo is ruled out. The most likely cause for dizziness in this patient is:


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Often, in the elderly population, there can be overlap of medications that may interact with each other due to seeing multiple providers.

#8. In a patient with poorly managed diabetes, which of the following is a precaution that should be taken in their plan of care?


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Poorly managed diabetes can cause damage to the peripheral nervous system beginning distally. People with chronic, unmanaged diabetes can experience balance issues due to decreased proprioception as a result of this damage.

#9. A four year old child with spina bifida occulta, at the L5 level, is beginning to ambulate. Which orthotic would be the best option to address this child's gait deficits?


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Based upon the child’s level of the occulta, lack of dorsiflexion should be the biggest deficit. KAFO would be excessive, an SMO would be too little support, and the child would need the rigidity of the AFO.

#10. A therapist is working with new spinal cord injury (complete T4) patient on getting a wheelchair for discharge. The best features for this chair are:


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A patient with a T4 SCI should be able to perform manual propulsion even for community use, so a power wheelchair is not appropriate. The patient will be unable to ambulate any significant distance, therefore C is not a good choice.

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