Advice from Clinicians to New Grads & Clinicians.

A good evaluation with get you much further than any great exercise or manual therapy technique. When it comes to continuing education out of school remember to first choose things that will help you get better evaluations, then take the fancy technique classes. – Zach Long

Healthy Lifestyle is perhaps the most powerful means to get and keep our clients OUT of the fray.
This is simple, but NOT easy and it is way bigger than an individual’s conscious choice.
You may be the best advocate and model a person has in this regard. Take it seriously and so will they.
Regardless of the mountain of BS you will deal with everyday, never forget you hold (largely between your ears) the power to change the trajectory of someone’s life. – Mike Eisenhart

Don’t accept the “guru mentality” and be sure of your place in the overall scheme of health care. – Sandy Hilton

Don’t rush to get certifications. You know everything you need to know to be a great clinician now. Refine your skills and learn to empower your clients. You’ll know when you’re ready for more. – Scotty Butcher

I say this to a lot of my patients: “You know your body better than I do. What you tell me is so valuable. I’m here to be your translator – and help you decipher what your body is telling you.” – Carrie Jose Gove

Be the best diagnostician possible, be patient with the process, & formally study Mastery – Don Reagan

Spend a lot of time learning and reading outside your area of interest. It provides perspective.
Work on being comfortable with uncertainty and making decisions in the face of it without believing everything you think. – Scot Morisson

There is an actual human attached to that list of symptoms you are looking at, don’t forget it. -Daniel Wade White

Stop worrying about things you can’t control: whether the patient ‘gets better’ or not, who is or isn’t on time, what other people say.
Focus on and deliberately try to improve only the things you have direct control over: your thoughts, your behaviors.- Jason Silvernail

Focus on the four Ps. Passion, pragmatism, patience and persistence and don’t focus on perfect. – Richard Severin

The perception of value is one of the most important factor determining perceived benefit and thus actual outcomes. This comes from actively listening to patients, assuring them that you understand and that their bodies are gonna work well for them in the program you will help them implement. Empowering patients and gaining their trust early on has worked well for me! – Wes McFall

When examining someone–especially someone with persistent pain–try to prove yourself wrong. Help your patients disprove their own theories about their bodies as well. Challenge beliefs every day. – Katie Schopmeyer

Stop taking on the responsibility of our patients getting better. – Podcast
Jason Silvernails comment on this: ‘This is the number one thing which burns out new clinicians’.

(Other than doing your best) You have absolutely no control over your patients outcome – Jason Silvernail

Realize that not everyone with persistent pain is ready to be “healed”, due to various circumstances in their life, this time might not be the right time. (Still) Listen to them and help them move forward. – Bret Roberts

You can’t know it all. Embrace it. Look to know more, but the minute you think you know it all, have a friend to remind you that’s not possible. – Sarah Haag

Don’t get emotional attached to a treatment method, concept, or modality. – Lars Avemarie

If in doubt, doubt
Be certain of your uncertainty
Be comfortable with your uncomfortableness
And always remember… you can never go wrong getting strong! – Adam Meakins

There’s so much out there to learn, so many treatment options to discover and perfect; sexy new exercises, complex techniques, challenging diagnoses and a sea of research. These are all opportunities to develop but they are also all potentially intimidating and can make you feel like you have little to offer.
The truth is that while these may help with some patients there are key things to develop that will help with every patient; learn to put your pen down and listen, properly listen and hear the patient’s story. Acknowledge how hard it may have been for them and empathise with their situation. Find out what the patient’s goals are and work together to achieve them. Get to know the person in front of you and what resonates with them. Be mindful that nothing in what we do is set in stone, embrace that and take it as a signal to be creative in finding solutions.
Develop these sides to your practice and much of the rest is just icing on the cake. – Tom Goom

Without a change in patient beliefs, there can be no change in behaviour – PT course.

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