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Differential Diagnosis & Red Flags in Low Back Pain

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This interactive virtual classroom will discuss and highlight serious medical conditions that could first present as back pain including:

·         Back pain and collapse - focus on aortic catastrophes, PE

·         Back pain and anticoagulation - retroperitoneal bleed, epidural haematoma

·         Back pain and fever - epidural abscess, discitis / osteomyelitis, pyelonephritis

·         Back pain and recent procedure - e.g. infection/bleed post spinal, nerve root injection

·         Back pain and suspected malignancy or pathological #


The second part of the program will highlight red flags and identification of them in the assessment and management of LBP.

The discussion will include

·          newer red flags associated with MSCC and CES,

·          the relevance of some red flags

·         appropriate questioning, documentation and escalation pathways




Deborah Lenaghan: Deb Lenaghan is a physiotherapist with over 35 yrs. experience in health care. With experience in a wide range of settings including private practice to elite sport, Deb currently works as a primary contact physiotherapist in emergency. A major focus of interest is the development of capability for physiotherapists to pursue extended scope of practice in Australia. Deb is one of a number of physiotherapists in QLD health actively involved in trial of physiotherapy prescribing.

Dr. Edward Burns: ‘Dr Edward Burns is an Emergency Physician (FACEM) at both St George and Liverpool Hospitals, and a Specialist in Prehospital & Retrieval Medicine for CareFlight, NSW. Dr Burns is a conjoint lecturer at UNSW and is one of the main authors of the ‘Life In The Fast Lane’ Emergency Medicine blog.



Virtual Classroom recording. This lecture took place on 9th March 2017.


CPD Hours

1 hour



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