Resources

Below is (or, will become) a list of relevant resources – both clinical, non-clinical and esoteric.

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Physio Network

Physio Network is predominantly a paid-for subscription service. Here’s what they offer in their own words:

Our team of experts analyse and summarise the latest and most clinically relevant research for you.

Physio Network is a powerful clinical resource to have at your fingertips. They send you twelve research reviews each month so you don’t have to go through the rigamoral yourself.

It’s a time-saver and an accessibility tool.

Many physios come across paywalls when researching a particular area of interest. This is a major obstacle that often turns physios away entirely. Physio Network helps to overcame this barrier.

There’s free content too – including a blog and a ‘free resources’ tab that includes some nice infographics (among other things).

Pain Options

The team at Pain Options, as the name suggests, specialise in chronic and complex pain management.

Their website is an excellent education piece that we can suggest our relevant patients read (such as those with longstanding pain or difficulty understanding the complexity of pain).

There is a ‘Resources‘ which includes concise information on:

  • The value of returning to work (even if pain remains)
  • The impact of beliefs and mood on pain
  • How much value we should place on scans like MRI’s

Physios should make themselves familiar with the content too. There are phrases, facts and stats that could become a useful part of our vernacular. Here’s one such example:

A lot of time can be wasted searching for a specific cause of pain on scans, when one often does not exist. This does not mean that you don’t have pain, it just means that the scans are clear or findings are not related to the pain you are experiencing. This is the case 90% of the time.

Pain Options

STOPS.physio

Similar to Pain Options, the content available on STOPS.physio centres on improving the management of persistent pain.

There’s a barriers to recovery page that looks into the key principles for managing musculoskeletal injuries, the influence of mood and a case study.

The research tab includes clinical research papers as well as a back pain management summary.

And there’s a resources page which carries links to various questionnaires and their scoring methodology.