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Early assessment and triage of patients with back pain

Sarah Ferguson

in Back Pain

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Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199609772
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740886 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199609772.003.0002

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Early assessment and triage of patients with back pain

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• Assess patients using diagnostic triage categories of Serious Pathology or ‘Red Flags’, Nerve Root and Mechanical Back Pain, but keep the diagnosis under review • Identify the barriers to recovery at an early stage using the Flags system • The explanations and reassurance you give to the patient are pivotal • Back pain patients expect a clear explanation of diagnosis, cause of their pain, information and instruction on how to manage their back pain, effective pain relief, and a physical examination.

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Subjects: Clinical Medicine ; Pain Medicine

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