Red Flags

A Guide to Identifying Serious Pathology of the Spine

  • Louis Gifford, Private Practitioner
  • By

    • Sue Greenhalgh, MA, GD Phys, FCSP, Consultant Physiotherapist
    • James Selfe, PhD, MA, GD Phys, FCSP, Professor of Physiotherapy, Allied Health Professions Unit, University of Central Lancashire

    This valuable clinical reference alerts practitioners to potentially serious indicators of pathology in their patients, such as cancer, tuberculosis (TB), or other conditions. With a fresh approach to the subject, it presents an hierarchy of red flags, an index of suspicion, discussion of red herrings, "3D thinking," and conditional probabilities intended to assist with clinical reasoning. It's an ideal, on-the-spot resource for anyone involved in the care of patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
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    Undergraduate: Physiotherpy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic. Postgraduate Physiotherapy eg MACP, Orthopaedic Medicine, McKenzie, MSc in Musculoskeletal Therapy, extended scope practice


Book information

  • Published: February 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-10140-3

Table of Contents

1. Red Flags
2. Clinical Reasoning
3. Subjective Examination: Age, Previous Medical History and Lifestyle Questions
4. Subjective Examination: Questions about the Current Episode and Pain
5. Objective Examination
6. Conclusion