COMLEX is a particularly challenging exam. We’ve interviewed many students, and the most common word to describe the test is ‘tricky.’ In particular, the neurology and neuroanatomy questions are consistently noted as the hardest.
It is not uncommon to run across a question where there is more than one correct option. The challenge, though, is to identify the BEST option. This means that it’s really critical to learn how to think through cases instead of memorizing. The best approach is to drill questions over and over where there are multiple directionally correct answers and learning to decipher what the question is getting at. Click here for 1,500 COMLEX specific questions.
We’ve included a couple of sample questions below for practice:
Question 1. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment QID 36294
An L5 RLSL somatic dysfunction would most likely be associated with which of the following sacral somatic dysfunctions?
A. Right unilateral sacral extension
B. Left unilateral sacral flexion
C. Right on right sacral torsion
D. Left on right sacral torsion
E. Right on left sacral torsion
Answer: E. Right on left sacral torsion.
L5 rotates in the opposite direction as the sacrum so L5 rotated to the Left indicates the sacrum is rotated to the right
Reference: Savarese DO, R. Sacrum and Innominates. In OMT Review (3rd ed., pg 48-51).
Question 2. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment QID 33318
A 64 year old female patient presents to your office with pain in the lower back. She was gardening over the weekend when the pain became worse. Physical exam findings: Landmarks are Sacral sulcus- right shallow and ILA- left anterior/superior. Motion testing: Sphinx test- positive. Which of the following best describes the muscle energy treatment utilized to normalize this dysfunction?
A. Flex the hips to greater than 90 degrees
B. Apply anterior pressure to sacral base
C. Flex the hips to less than 90 degrees
D. Apply anterior pressure to sacral apex
E. Push anterior and inferior on the sacral base
Answer: C. Flex the hips to less than 90 degrees.
For non-neutral sacral torsions, the patient is prone, knees bent so that side of oblique axis is closest to table. The knees will be greater than 90 degrees (knees further from chest), while the patient lifts their ankles toward the ceiling.
Reference: Savarese DO, R. Muscle Energy. In OMT Review (3rd ed.).