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

Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you have a complex patient presentation? Do you wonder which tests to perform when your patient has multiple pain areas, reporting low back, hip, bilateral posterior leg pain, bilateral knee pain and bilateral ankle pain? Discover how to develop your clinical reasoning to simplify complex presentations. ...

50 Min 2 Videos

2. The Journey

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 biases & errors

Clinical biases come in all shapes and sizes, we all have them, such as whether you include or avoid manual therapy or strength training, and they can positively or negatively impact our treatment. How can you recognise and identify clinical biases that may be limiting your treatment results?...

1 Hr 10 Min 1 Videos

4. Clinical patterns part 1

Clinical patterns can improve the speed and accuracy of your diagnosis, helping you quickly identify a likely tendinopathy, frozen shoulder, lateral elbow tendinopathy or lateral ankle ligament injury and potential treatment options. How can you use clinical patterns, while avoiding recipe based treatment approaches?...

50 Min 1 Videos

5. Clinical patterns part 2

Despite the similarities of patients with the same clinical pattern eg radiculopathy, each of your patients will have a different pain experience, and different factors impacting their rehab, recovery and prognosis. How can you identify the factors that will either limit or boost your treatment success with each of your patients? Find out in this presentation...

35 Min 1 Videos

6. Unraveling the subjective examination

Your subjective examination helps you identify your patient’s problems, goals and expectations, and guides your objective assessment, diagnosis & treatment. How can you keep your subjective history-taking efficient, while developing a thorough understanding of your patient’s needs and the best way to help them? Find out in this presentation with Simon Olivotto....

60 Min 2 Videos

7. Unraveling the objective examination

What are the most important tests in your objective assessment? How can you structure your objective assessment to perform thorough testing in a short treatment session? This presentation with Paula Peralta (Specialist Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist, FACP) will help you seamlessly structure your objective examination and provide you with strategies to maximise the information gained throughout the examination process. ...

40 Min 1 Videos

8. Outcome measures - Work smarter, not harder

Using outcome measures will save time in your assessment, target your treatment and education where it’s needed, become powerful patient motivators and improve your treatment results. Discover how to use your clinical reasoning to choose the best outcome measures for your patients. ...

1 Hr 15 Min 1 Videos

9. Biopsychosocial approach - Turning a buzzword into the missing piece of your clinical reasoning

Gain clarity and confidence to use a biopsychosocial approach & psychologically informed treatment, not just for complex or tricky patients, but to improve your clinical reasoning & treatment results with each of your patients. ...

1 Hr 25 Min 1 Videos

10. 5 steps to become an evidence informed practitioner

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


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.

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.

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. 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 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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