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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2007 Mar;88(3 Suppl 1):S3-9.

Industrial medicine and acute musculoskeletal rehabilitation. 1. Diagnostic testing in industrial and acute musculoskeletal injuries.

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  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY 10021, USA. <>


This self-directed learning module reviews the history and physical examination of common acute musculoskeletal conditions that occur in the occupational setting. It is part of the industrial medicine and acute musculoskeletal rehabilitation study guide in the Self-Directed Physiatric Education Program for practitioners and trainees in physical medicine and rehabilitation. This article presents case vignettes to review the diagnostic evaluation of heel pain, whiplash, repetitive strain injuries, and low back pain.


To understand the important components of a history, physical examination, and concise diagnostic testing when evaluating acute industrial and musculoskeletal injuries.

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