Finding common ground…

I was going to write another blog about how batshit crazy our profession can be, but instead, I thought I would try a different approach and see if I can find any common ground with those I disagree with the most. Now don’t worry I haven’t gone soft, I just thought I would try something different other…

The most special test…

Special orthopaedic tests are commonly used by clinicians in the assessment of those with musculoskeletal pain or injury. There is a mind-boggling number of these tests, usually named after the clinicians who invented them covering all areas of the body, and they are believed to help diagnose many different injuries and pathologies. However, it’s time to…

Why treatments appear to work…

We have a duty to our patients to prove that our treatments are both safe and effective. However, trying to prove that a treatment is ‘effective’ is both complex and challenging and there are many ways very smart intelligent people are fooled into thinking a treatment has worked when actually it hasn’t. As one of my…

Is physio a placebo…?

No one likes to think what they do is pointless. No one likes to think that their role is meaningless. No one likes to think what they have worked hard to achieve is worthless. But this could be what many physiotherapists, including myself, are facing if our interventions are found to be nothing more than placebo.…

Physios are too soft…

Warning: This blog may cause offence!!! You might be thinking this blog will be about some recent online events where some physios took offence at a word I used at the end of a tweet. And in a way, it is as some physios are way too easily offended at things they choose to read.…

Great expectations…

We all go through life with expectations. We expect our alarm clock to wake us up in the morning, we expect our day to go the way it usually does, we expect a kiss from our partner when we get home, we expect the evening news to be on the tv at the same time.…