The Clinical Pattern Recognition series of medical apps were designed to help clinicians correctly diagnose and treat various musculoskeletal complaints. Hip and thigh complaints are specifically targeted in this version of the app.

Clinical Scenario

35 year old male runner presents to your clinic complaining of pain in the back of his right thigh. A few weeks ago he was on a run when he felt something pop in his thigh and he has been having pain ever since. It is interfering with his running and he feels he can’t exercise or stretch as that worsens the pain.

User Interface

Tapping the icon brings you to the title page briefly and then to the homescreen.

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If I tap the clinical pattern recognition tab, I can view diagnoses either in a list format or by location of pain.

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His pain is in the back of his thigh and I am suspecting a hamstring injury but I selected the posterior thigh pain pattern to view a differential.


Tapping on the hamstring tab I can view information on prevalence, clinical findings, physical exam, interventions and outcome measures. I wanted to review physical exam techniques and tapped on that section which brought up a list of videos on how to perform each maneuver.

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The videos are informative and accompanying text talks about proper patient and therapist positioning and purpose of the test.


Apart from clinical information, on the homescreen there is a menu button that brings up more information about the app developers, along with information on other apps in the Clinical Pattern Recognition series.

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Scrolling to the bottom of the about section gives more information on the clinicians who developed the app and tapping on their names will take you to their website with biographical information.



Evidence and literature used to support the app

Clear references are given throughout the app, majority with links to the corresponding article or PubMed page.

Healthcare providers that would benefit from this app

  • Sports and physical medicine physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors and athletic trainers.
  • All clinicians involved in the care of musculoskeletal injuries would benefit from this app
  • Price
    • $19.99 on iOS
    • Quick and easy to navigate
    • A wide variety of topics with in depth information
    • Strong and clear references
  • Dislikes
    • Unavailable for Android
  • Overall

    Quick, easy to navigate and a great user interface make this an excellent medical app. Searching by list or pain location makes it very easy to search the app while also providing a differential if the clinical picture is unclear. Strong references and great teaching videos make this a fantastic app. The only way it could be better would be if it could print out patient handouts and therapy plans.

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  • Device Used For Review

    iPad mini with retina display

  • Available for DownloadiPhoneiPad