Recipe based treatment is pretty common early in our career while we find our feet clinically. Have you ever handed out an Achilles, shoulder or low back pain exercise sheet to your patient to complete? Maybe our anterior knee pain patients all received tape, orthotics and glute strengthening? Or all our low back pain patients performed deadlifts or received postural advice, hot packs, pelvic tilts and mobilisation?
After seeing your fair share of patients, it’s common to run into the limited effectiveness and job satisfaction that handing out exercise sheets and giving the same exercises to our patients provides.
As we progress as a clinician we develop the skills to differentiate our assessment and treatment depending on the patient, which is a far more satisfying and effective way to work. Our analytical thinking develops, and we discover how to apply the evidence to treatment of individual patients, rather than providing the exact exercises used in an RCT.
How can you continue to develop your clinical reasoning, and individualise your assessment and treatment?
In the second presentation in our Clinical reasoning module, Jordan Craig (APA Titled Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist) puts his Physiotherapy journey under the clinical reasoning microscope. Jordan shares a raw and real life example with you of developing and applying clinical reasoning and analytical thinking into your daily practice. You’ll discover:
- A relatable, informative, and educational example of how clinical reasoning looks at different stages of your physiotherapy career
- A practical approach to clinical reasoning
- The most important questions at each stage of your subjective and objective assessment
- How to use analytical thinking to apply the evidence base with your patients
- Common anterior knee pain clinical reasoning errors, and how to avoid these mistakes
- How to use clinical reasoning with anterior knee pain, using case study examples
- How to further develop clinical reasoning at each stage of your career
- Define and explain key currently accepted models of clinical reasoning relating to the physiotherapy profession.
- Provide clinical examples of the use of models in current practice in relation to case studies.
- Discuss critical thinking in the physiotherapy context and analyse both effective and ineffective strategies.