Podcast 07: Perspectives, knowledge and evidence in musculoskeletal care with Matthew Low


 Welcome to another episode of The Words Matter Podcast. In this episode, I spoke with Matthew Low.

Matthew is a Consultant Physiotherapist in the south of England, and is a visiting associate at the Orthopaedic Research Institute at Bournemouth University. 

He qualified from the University of Southampton and completed his Masters degree in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the University of Brighton, and is a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP).

Matthew has lectured and examined for pre and post-registration students at a number of Universities in the South of England, and specialised in the subjects such as motor control, spinal manipulation and clinical reasoning skills (see here for his CPD courses).

Matthew has an interest and has published in areas of person-centred care, motor control, the theory of causation within the healthcare setting, philosophy, reflective practice and critical thinking skills. He also runs his own excellent blog with his reflections, thoughts and analysis of musculoskeletal physiotherapy, as well as being heavily involved with the brilliant CauseHealth project.

In this episode we touch on many different subjects relevant to contemporary clinical practice. Matthew has a brilliant grasp of a broad range of important, complex and sometimes challenging areas- and we attempt to tackle some pretty big topics, all of which really require a dedicated podcast each to fully unpack. 

So this episode could be titled the knowledge sink given we threw everything into it! Matthew will most certainly be back, so please let me know what topics you’d like us to talk more about.

We talk about the nature of knowledge which we use as clinicians, the assumptions of dominant knowledge structures and how these related to past and current conceptions of evidence-based practice.

We dip into the challenge of applying evidence to our our practice and locating the individual patient in the the ocean of research evidence.

We discuss on the role of clinical expertise and subjective judgement in evidence-based decision making.

This episode will valuable to clinicians who are contemplating the complexity of their clinical practice as well as those that like a sprinkling of philosophy on their clinical work.

Find Matthew on Twitter and Instagram and his Blog Perspectives on Physiotherapy here

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