Disclaimer: Please consult with your doctor before performing new movement exercises program to ensure safety. All of my patients are evaluated and monitored during their course of treatment for safety. I advise that everyone do the same.
As a physical therapist, one of the first things that must be done is to make sure patients are safe to participate in our treatments. Red flags are signs or symptoms of a possible serious causes of pain. Red flags include (but not exclusively) the following items listed below and indicate that a phone call to a physician is mandatory before continuing. Contacting a physician to be cleared to participate in a new program is recommended.
Here is the list:
Unrelenting night pain: Pain does not let up and is much worse at night.
Constant pain: Pain is present all the time and does not change with positioning.
Sudden loss of bowel or bladder control
Loss of bowel and bladder when bending forward or squatting
Sudden or recent changes in sensation especially in the groin or saddle region
Sudden or recent changes in symptoms when coughing or sneezing
Sudden or recent changes in strength/weakness
Sudden changes or loss of balance and falls without a specific reason
Previous history of cancer
Unexplained weight loss or gain
Recent history of trauma
Uncontrolled blood pressure
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