Clinical Edge - Comprehensive practical member training Module 1 - Clinical Reasoning Clinical Edge - Comprehensive practical member training Module 1 - Clinical Reasoning

Module 1 - Clinical Reasoning

Targeted questioning and clinical tests, accurate diagnosis and choosing the best treatment for the patient in front of you relies on well developed clinical reasoning. But what exactly is clinical reasoning, and how can you develop it?

To sum it up in a nutshell, clinical reasoning is effective problem solving, the ability to structure your thoughts and knowledge in order to solve patient problems efficiently and accurately.

Your patient comes to you with a problem and you find the solution.

As a clinician with well developed clinical reasoning, you have the expertise to simplify the complexities of assessment and treatment, to make the complex simple!!

You have the knowledge to be aware of all possibilities, and the skills to be able to target specific questions and clinical tests to narrow these down in an effective and efficient way. You use your assessment to guide and provide great treatment.

To help you improve your clinical reasoning, practical assessment and treatment skills and results we have developed a progressive, structured training approach to Clinical Edge membership. As a Clinical Edge member, you will receive full access to focused, in depth “modules” containing presentations that will progressively build your skills in each clinical area.

Our structured training approach to developing your clinical skills starts with the Clinical reasoning module. We’ve designed this module to progressively develop your clinical reasoning with twelve comprehensive presentations over twelve weeks from our four Clinical Edge Senior Physio educators and presenters - Simon Olivotto (Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, FACP), Jordan Craig (Titled Musculoskeletal & Sports Physio), David Toomey (Musculoskeletal Physio & PhD Candidate) & David Pope (APA Titled Musculoskeletal & Sports Physio). Each presentation will incorporate clinical tips & practice points, with case studies throughout to help you apply your new knowledge with your patients.

In this module, you’ll discover:

  • How to use clinical reasoning to simplify complex presentations.
  • How to perform an effective and efficient assessment in limited consult times.
  • Clinical patterns of different musculoskeletal, systemic and biopsychosocial presentations that you can recognise in your patient presentations, to help guide your assessment, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment.
  • How to improve your clinical reasoning at each point in your career.
  • How to use your objective assessment to guide effective treatment and avoid “treatment recipes”.
  • How to identify and remove biases that are interfering with your clinical results.
  • How to use the best available evidence to save time and energy as an evidence-informed clinician.
  • Prognostic indicators that you can use to identify how long your patient’s recovery will take and when they will be able to return to work, activity and sport.

You’ll develop your clinical reasoning to nail the problem your patient has presented with, achieve better results with your patients, and really make a difference to your patients life.


1. Sharpening your most important clinical tool with Simon Olivotto

Develop your clinical reasoning to help you simplify & solve complex presentations and patients with multiple pain areas....

50 Min 2 Videos

2. The Journey with Jordan Craig

Recipe based treatment is pretty common early in our career while we find our feet clinically. In this presentation you'll discover a real example of developing clinical reasoning, and how you can develop clinical reasoning at each point in your clinical career. ...

1 Hr 10 Min 1 Videos

3. How to avoid common clinical reasoning errors with David Toomey

Recognise and overcome clinical biases that may be limiting your treatment results....

1 Hr 10 Min 1 Videos

4. Clinical patterns part 1 with David Pope

Improve the speed & accuracy of your diagnosis with clinical pattern recognition, while avoiding recipe based treatment approaches....

50 Min 1 Videos

5. Clinical patterns part 2 with David Pope

Identify clinical patterns & patient features that will limit or boost your treatment success....

35 Min 1 Videos

6. Unraveling the subjective examination with Simon Olivotto

Use your subjective assessment to efficiently identify your patient’s problems, goals and expectations, & guide your objective assessment, diagnosis & treatment. ...

60 Min 2 Videos

7. Unraveling the objective examination with Paula Peralta

Discover how to perform a thorough, efficient & accurate objective assessment, that helps guide your treatment. ...

40 Min 2 Videos

8. Outcome measures - Work smarter, not harder with Simon Olivotto

Choose & use outcome measures to save time in your assessment, target your treatment and education, and motivate patients to improve your treatment results. ...

1 Hr 15 Min 1 Videos

9. Biopsychosocial approach with David Toomey

Discover how to confidently use a biopsychosocial approach & psychologically informed treatment to improve your patient results....

1 Hr 25 Min 1 Videos

10. 5 steps to become an evidence informed practitioner with David Toomey

Become an evidence informed practitioner - using the evidence to inform your clinical reasoning and tailor your treatment to each individual patient....

1 Hr 5 Min 1 Videos

11. How to predict your patients recovery with Simon Olivotto

Improve your accuracy in predicting patients recovery, and your answers to “Do you think I’ll get better?” & “How long until I’m better?”...

1 Hr 10 Min 2 Videos

12. Do I need surgery? A case study with Simon Olivotto

When your patient has low back pain and neurological symptoms, is surgery the best option? How can you help your patient decide whether to have surgery or adopt a conservative treatment approach? Find out in this case study ...

35 Min 1 Videos

13. Clinical reasoning bootcamp & case studies with David Toomey

Hone your clinical reasoning skills with case study examples, and clinical reasoning exercises that clarify your assessment and boost your treatment results....

60 Min 1 Videos

14. Secret mission part 1 with David Toomey, Nick Kendrick & Paula Peralta

Put your clinical reasoning skills into action, test yourself with a real life scenario and adopt the strategies of expert clinicians in your clinical reasoning. Are you up to the challenge? ...

55 Min 1 Videos

15. Secret mission part 2 with David Toomey & Simon Olivotto

Simplify a complex case study with the support of the experienced and skilled Clinical Edge education & presentation team....

60 Min 1 Videos


Simon Olivotto

Simon Olivotto is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with over 19 years clinical experience. Based in Sydney Australia, Simon specialises in managing difficult and complex cases of persistent musculoskeletal pain.

Paula Peralta

Paula Peralta is a Specialist Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist (FACP), with more than 15 years experience in private practice and working with elite sport.

Paula has worked with multiple Australian netball, basketball, Commonwealth Games, Olympic & Paralympic teams including Tokyo 2020. Paula currently works between NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS), Sydney West Physio and as a Senior Physio educator & presenter with the Clinical Edge team.

David Toomey

David Toomey is an experienced and passionate New Zealand based Senior Physiotherapist with a demonstrated history of working with clients from acute injury management to chronic pain conditions and from weekend warriors to elite performers. Motivated and inquisitive, he aims to marry the art and the science of the profession, for better client and professional outcomes.

David Pope

David is an APA Titled Musculoskeletal & Sports Physio based on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia. David enjoys treating complex & sporting patients, and has a passion for education and sharing knowledge.

Jordan Craig

Jordan is an Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Titled Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with over 10 years of clinical and academic experience.

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