Differential Diagnosis in PT, P-08: Screening for Systemic Disease - The Hip and Groin (U)


This course is designed for physical therapists working with clients in all settings and at all levels from beginner to advanced. This section will review clues suggesting systemic or viscerogenic causes of hip and groin pain and dysfunction. This will include the vascular conditions, infectious or inflammatory causes and gynecologic and male reproductive system causes of hip and/or groin symptoms.

A cognitive processing-reasoning orientation will be utilized throughout the course to encourage students to gather and analyze data, pose and solve problems, infer, hypothesize and form clinical judgments as mechanisms for making appropriate differential diagnoses and referrals. Case studies will be used to integrate screening information in determining a physical therapy diagnosis and making decisions regarding intervention versus referral.

Screening problems in the hip and groin for systemic disease is the focus of this Part 8 of the series: Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy. The instructional focus of this course is on developing advanced clinical reasoning skills related to determining a client’s appropriateness for physical therapy. The course builds on concepts of evidence-based clinical practice as they are used to identify conditions that might mimic neuromuscular or musculoskeletal dysfunction.

Upon completion of this course, the Learner will be able to:
    • Identify 3 possible causes of viscerogenic or systemic-induced hip and/or groin pain and dysfunction in the adult
    • Identify 3 signs and symptoms of systemic origin affecting the hip and groin in the adult .
    • Describe the most common pain patterns referred to the hip and/or groin originating from the viscera or diseases in adult patients
    • Name the five-part model of the screening process developed for PT referral

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