Osteoarthritis

What is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is classified as a degenerative arthritic condition in which the cartilage between the joints is lost, resulting in the development of bony spurs and cysts, causing pain for an individual. When a joint develops osteoarthritis, some of the cartilage covering the ends of the bones gradually roughens and becomes thin, and…

Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes

‘more than just joint hypermobility’ Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) are a group of connective tissue disorders that can be and are varied both in how they affect the body and in their genetic causes. They are generally characterised by joint hypermobility (joints that stretch further than normal), skin hyperextensibility (skin that can be stretched further than…

Writing a Band 5 Job Application

Starting a job application can definitely be daunting, especially when you have no experience of writing one before. But don’t fear, we have been there very recently and thought we’d offer our support to those of you thinking of applying for jobs in the near future. You may realise that writing the supporting info for…

Pain

‘Pain is an unpleasant sensory or emotional experience associated with actual or potential damage’ Pain in Physiotherapy The function of pain is to be an alert to tell the body about an injury or disease process that is occurring so that it can make decisions. Chronic pain is where our bodies can still feel the…

Cerebral Vascular Attack

“If you’re going through Hell, Keep Going” -Winston Churchill More commonly known as a Stroke! As most of those who have started studies will know there are different types of strokes each with different risk factors, causes and prognoses. This post will aim to inform and reintroduce the different types of strokes, their risk factors,…

Outcome measures

Outcome measures are particularly important during physiotherapy. They are a tool used to assess the current status of a patient, providing a baseline score/interpretation/risk categorisation for that patient prior to any intervention. The initial result from the outcome measure often help to guide your treatment approach, as they help provide a good justification in choosing…

Objective Assessment – MSK Spine

So onto the last of 3 MSK Objective Assessment blogs. The same principle applies for the spine. From your subjective your should have gained enough knowledge to know the presenting issue for the patient, and should have started to develop a picture of what you would like to assess, what you would like to rule out and also what you may…

Objective Assessments – MSK Lower Limb

So onto the second of 3 MSK Objective Assessment blogs. The same principle applies for lower limb. From your subjective your should have gained enough knowledge to know the presenting issue for the patient, and should have started to develop a picture of what you would like to assess, what you would like to rule out and also what you may…

Objective Assessments – MSK Upper Limb

Once you have completed your subjective assessment, you should be ready to perform your objective assessment (i.e. poking, prodding and observing). From your subjective you should have gained enough knowledge to know the presenting issue for the patient, and should have started to develop a picture of what you would like to assess, what you…

Subjective assessments

The most important part of gaining information about your patient is the SUBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT. You will do this in all specialities of physiotherapy from MSK outpatients, to community physiotherapy, to neuro rehab, so don’t think its just for outpatient patients. Having the ability to ask the right questions and gain all the relevant information takes…