Assessments for physical therapy – Red flags for chiropractors – When to refer out of the clinic
Documentation, Outcomes, Assessment Measurements and Evaluation Tools
to Aid the Healthcare Provider
Clinicians who work with patients in pain need to be aware of the signs of serious conditions, and know when to refer to a specialist. In this lecture, Tom Solecki discusses the red and yellow flags clinicians need to recognize and evaluate.
“As we consider the simple backache or nerve root problems first, we want to identify the mechanical back pain with some type of musculoskeletal origin. We want to make sure there’s no compromise to the nerve root or spinal cord and there’s no evidence of these red flag or sinister-type conditions and these non-spinal pathologies. If those exist, we want to make sure we have an approach that is multi-disciplinary, as well as making sure we are identifying these things that are present.” ~Tom Solecki
• Red vs. Yellow Flags (2:08)
• Backache or Nerve Root Problem? (4:56)
• Disability Questionnaires (8:35)
• Quality Functional Ability (13:03)
• Chasing Pain (19:38)
• Ceiling and Floor Effects (24:55)
• Pain Diagrams (28:55)
• Re-evaluation (30:42)
Tom Solecki, DC, teaches functional rehabilitation in the clinical sciences department of National University of Health Sciences. He’s the team chiropractic physician for Northwestern and Benedictine Universities, where he evaluates and treats athletes in 46 varsity sports. He served as a network team doctor for USA Gymnastics, working with both the men’s and women’s Olympic teams, and has also worked with various professional athletes, including players in both Major League Baseball and the National Football League. You can reach Tom at email@example.com.