Only around 1% of all musculoskeletal presentations in primary care will be due to serious pathology. Such pathologies include spinal infection, cauda equina, fracture, malignancy and spondyloarthropathies.
Yet despite the low incidence rates, these conditions should be considered as differential diagnoses when individuals present with back pain – particularly if the patient is not responding in an expected way or is starting to worsen. Identifying serious pathology early on in your assessment because if missed there can be serious life threatening concequences for your patient.
Luckily Physioplus has a new course created by Laura Finucane to make sure you know what’s what when it comes to red flags. Laura is an absolute expert on the topic and practices as a consultant physiotherapist, there isn’t anyone better to introduce you to the topic.