Here’s a list of our posts on improving your clinical skills as a Physiotherapist.
We’ve included topics like clinical reasoning, history-taking and assessment tips & tricks.
There’s also some content on MRI findings and other imaging.
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Physio opinion: “special tests” can be a diagnostic disaster!
Focus on MRI – bone oedema
Stop using FEAR as a motivator!
Focus on movement patterns, not muscles [4min read]
The best (secret) method of assessing strength despite pain inhibition [4min read]
Physio techniques to improve range of motion – what works and what’s a waste of time! [6min read]
Building your clinical skills
There are a few necessary ingredients to building your clinical expertise, and most of those ingredients happen between your ears!
Learning how to spot the clues and recognise the clinical pattern is only part of the challenge.
Clinical expertise comes from bringing all that information together in a way that explains the symptoms and patterns of the condition.
It comes from recognising and accounting for your personal biases (ever noticed how every injury suddenly matches that course you did last weekend?)
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Once you’ve covered extensive Physiotherapy professional development and built up a range of clinical skills, you’ll then need to work on developing your own approach.
New Physiotherapists might be Maitland orientated, or take a McKenzie approach, but these approaches don’t suit all problems or clinical reasoning methods.
After 3-5 years of work, you should be developing a unique approach that makes sense to you.
It’s where a clinical mentor can be hugely beneficial, but they need to be in tune with your way of thinking and preferred approach.
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