Clinical skills

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 advice for prescribing running shoes

An easy 5 step guide for Physiotherapists prescribing running shoes

Physiotherapists are in a perfect position to be prescribing running shoes for our patients. We have insights into their injuries, their biomechanics and their ...
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clinical reasoning

Clinical reasoning: 3 simple ways to improve your thinking [4min read]

Your clinical reasoning is only as good as the information that you feed it! Getting a clear answer from a patient can be a ...
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non-verbal cues

5+ reasons why patients don’t come back! How to interpret non-verbal cues [4min read]

Non-verbal cues are missed at your peril... It leads to one of the most common questions we get from new grads: “My patient didn’t ...
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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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