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For a physical therapy student completing a clinical internship, one quickly learns that not all patients present as perfectly as they do in the textbooks. This case report highlights the clinical decision making to navigate such a patient and the various interventions used to reduce pain, increase range of motion and help the patient return to functional activities following a complex knee injury.

The purpose of this study is to map the clinical decision-making process from a student physical therapist’s perspective in managing a 21-year-old male with multiple knee ligament injuries to help improve knee mobility.

Publication Date

Fall 2018


San Marcos, CA


Clinical Decision-Making, Knee Injuries, Physical Therapy Specialty - education


Presented at the Fall 2018 Research Day on the San Marcos, CA, campus of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

Previously presented at the Annual Conference of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists on November 9, 2018, in Reno, NV.


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