How do you screen for red flags in your low back pain patients? Have you ever wondered if these factors are clinically useful, or whether they offer value from a screening or patient outcomes perspective? How does what we were taught compare to the existing scientific evidence? Red flag screening was first proposed in 1925 by Berry, who was a proponent of preliminary screening for signs or symptoms related to serious underlying pathology, suggesting that identification of such red flags was valuable in that it may indicate the need for more diagnostic testing before treatment is delivered. Ninety years after Berry suggested their use, researchers have concluded that screening for red flags associated with low back pain does not work. In this narrative review (published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine [2018]), the authors outline where this process is lacking and offer alternatives to consider in the future of low back pain management…LOG IN OR SUBSCRIBE TO ACCESS THE FULL REVIEW!
Red flag screening for low back pain