When your patient is anxious, depressed or unable to work, how will you assess and manage the psychosocial aspect contributing to your patients pain? When should you refer on to another health practitioner, like a psychologist?
Social factors like our patients employment, relationships at work, home and with friends all influence our patients pain experience. How do we address each of these social elements in a biopsychosocial approach to our patients pain?
In Your ultimate guide to clinical reasoning part 3 - Subjective assessment & unpacking patient answers with Mark Jones, you will discover:
In part 1 you explored how to quickly recognise diagnostic patterns, and confirm our diagnoses and treatment decisions with “slow” analytical clinical reasoning to get the best results for our patients.
Part 2 helps you identify psychosocial factors, patient perspectives and maladaptive thoughts, beliefs and emotions that affect outcomes and play a role in your clinical reasoning.
In Part 4 you will explore types of pain your patients experience, including neuropathic, nociceptive and nociplastic (maladaptive CNS sensitisation). You will discover how to use clinical patterns and tests in cervical spine neuropathic pain patients, demonstrated in a case study, plus how to identify strength, ROM, motor control and neurodynamic impairments related to your patients pain.
Part 5 covers precautions and contraindications to assessment and treatment, red flags you need to identify, when to get your patient immediate medical attention, and a case study example of red flags masquerading as shoulder pain. You will explore how to put all of the information you have gained together with clinical reasoning to develop a treatment plan.
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