Oxford Muscle Grading

The Oxford scale is commonly used to manually assess muscle strength – and can help diagnose problems in which weakness plays a role. According to the Oxford scale, muscle strength is graded 0 to 5 (0 being no muscle contraction –> 5 being movement through a full range against full resistance). Knowledge of muscle anatomy…

Upper Limb ‘Movement Analysis’

We are aiming this post at those in first year and beyond, who want to improve their upper limb ‘movement analysis’ knowledge – i.e. which way can the joints move and what muscle allow these movements. (A lower limb movement analysis blog will be posted soon). If you are reading this before beginning your studies…

The Spinal Cord

The spinal cord is the most important structure between the body and the brain. The spinal cord extends from the foramen magnum (base of skull) to the level of the first or second lumbar vertebrae, positioned within the vertebral column. Function: It is a vital link between the brain (central nervous system) and the body…

Band 5 Physiotherapy job interviews

Job interviews are a scary prospect, and if you have never done an interview for a band 5 physiotherapy role before, it is hard to know what to expect. We’ve had some first hand experience of this now, so thought we’d share it with you all. (Obviously if a health board sees this post and…

What they don’t tell you about placement…

Placements are great experiences, they’re the fun part and make the assignments and all the hard work worth it. But it can seem a scary prospect to be going out on placement, so many things to think about; What is your clinical educator going to be like? Are you ready for it? How to get…

SWOT Analysis

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats A SWOT analysis is a technique we are taught to analyse our performances and evaluate on what we are good at and where we need to improve. For us SWOT analysis has been really helpful for each placement experience – creating one before starting the placement (based on what you…

SOAP Notes

SOAP notes are a huge part of healthcare and MUST be written after assessing and treating a patient. We found that at university writing Ax and Rx notes was briefly talked about and used during practical exams, then once on first placement we suddenly had to change our whole way of writing notes to make…