Red flags for back pain

Martin R Underwood, Rachelle Buchbinder

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Nearly all guidelines on low back pain have stressed the importance of red flag signs?positive answers to key questions about medical history that indicate the possibility of a serious underlying condition?since the publication of influential reports in the United Kingdom and United States in 1994.1 2 In a linked systematic review (doi:10.1136/bmj.f7095), Downie and colleagues challenge this orthodoxy by investigating the accuracy of red flags to screen for fracture or cancer in people presenting with low back pain.3
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)f7432 - f7433
Number of pages2
JournalThe BMJ
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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