With so many questions to ask your low back pain (LBP) patients, and so little time, how do you prioritise and fit it all into your consultation time?
Asking your patients the right questions will guide you towards a potential diagnosis or thorough understanding of your patients pain, LESS objective testing, targeted treatment and better results.
Which questions give you the information you need, help you identify potential diagnoses and plan a thorough, efficient objective examination?
Discover how to take an efficient and effective subjective examination with LBP patients in the Clinical Edge presentation with Paula Peralta (Specialist Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist, FACP), as you explore:
- How to structure your subjective examination to get the most relevant information in a short space of time.
- Which questions you need to ask patients with LBP.
- The best way to start your subjective examination.
- How to use your patient’s mechanism of injury to guide your assessment and treatment.
- What to do when patients go down a rabbit hole with their story, such as “Twenty years ago I….”
- How to use a body chart to help your diagnosis.
- How to word your questions so patients reveal important info that will help your assessment & treatment.
- Questions to ask when your patient has LBP with
- Flexion activities such as bending and sitting
- Extension activities including fast walking or yoga
- Single leg loaded tasks such as getting in and out of the car or getting dressed
- Hip flexion tasks like sitting in a low seat
- How to use pain irritability to guide your assessment & treatment.
- How to identify autoimmune disorders and other red flags.
- How to identify when patient beliefs, their understanding of pain and concerns are limiting your treatment results.
- Which details in your patient's medical history are important and relevant to their back pain.
- When to look at patients' imaging results.
- Keys to taking a succinct yet thorough patient history.
Watch this presentation now to make your low back pain subjective and objective examination more accurate and efficient, so you can improve your low back pain treatment results.