This month will focus on some recent podcasts as well as an article on effective communication.
Physio Edge has recently released a series of shoulder episodes with Jo Gibson called ‘Physio Edge Shoulder Success Podcast‘. This series has been looking into specific case studies for different shoulder presentations.
Below is a link to one of the podcast episodes and the whole series can be found here.
This month’s resources also include a recent British Journal of Sports Medicine podcast episode looking into barriers in access to exercise, as well as an ‘Outside the Box’ link to an article by Giles Turnbull called ‘How to be clear‘.
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Outside the Box
How to be clear3
– By Giles Turnbull (27th January 2021)
Communication is a key component of any physiotherapy session.
We spend time listening to each person to understand their concerns, goals and expectations.
One of our roles as a physiotherapist is to help each person better understand their diagnosis and what options are available to get back to activities that are meaningful to them.
Something I continue to find as a healthy challenge is to try to view things from the patient’s perspective and to identify how I can improve their understanding and confidence.
This article by Giles Turnbull highlights the importance of trying to be simple and clear when we communicate.
A great quote from the article that can easily translate to a physio session for any exercise or discussion we have with a person:
Always start by thinking about what you want an audience to understand, know, or do after they’ve seen a piece of communication.”3
Patients are often looking for a simple explanation of their injury and to discuss the options available to help them recover, in language that is meaningful to them and their goals.
I hope you can find some insights from this article that can help in your work context.
Feel free to share these resources with other physiotherapists!
1. Eccentric exercises for subacromial shoulder pain? Physio Edge Shoulder success podcast with Jo Gibson. Episode 110 by Physio Edge [link]
2. Physical activity deserts: What they are and how to reduce them with Dr NiCole Keith. Ep #468 by British Journal of Sports Medicine [link]
3. Blog post: How to be clear. By Giles Turnbull – 21st January 2021 [link]