Continuing Education

Red Flags: Recognizing Serious Pathologies in Low Back Pain

Red flags are used in clinical practice to identify patients at risk for a serious underlying disease. This learning module will help clinicians understand how they can implement patient-focused red flag questions. We will review low back pain, appropriate imaging, red flags, and four clinical cases. There will be a 10-question quiz at the end of this learning module.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand prevalence of serious pathology in primary care

  • Identify red flags in clinical practice 

  • Formulate patient-focused red flag questions

  • Recognize serious spinal pathologies

  • Understand when imaging is warranted


Time to complete: approximately 1 hour 

Certification: participants are required to achieve 80% on the final quiz in order to receive a certificate of completion

Cost: Free