Differential Diagnostic Process and Clinical Decision Making in a Young Adult Female With Lateral Hip Pain: A Case Report.

Author:  Livingston JI, Deprey SM, Hensley CP

Young adults with lateral hip pain are often referred to physical therapy. A thorough examination is required to obtain a diagnosis and guide management. The purpose of this case report is to describe the physical therapist’s differential diagnostic process and clinical decision making for a subject with the referring diagnosis of trochanteric bursitis. A thorough examination and appropriate clinical decision making by the physical therapist at the initial examination led to the diagnosis of an acetabular stress fracture in this subject. Clinicians must be aware of symptoms and signs which place the subject at risk for stress fracture for timely referral and management.

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