Table 1

A description of patients with LBP who, after 1 month of treatment, fit this management strategy: "I would refer the patient to another health care practitioner for a second opinion".

General definition of symptoms/findings given as reasonsTotal number of repliesExamples
Got worse or not better8Neurological symptoms

Clinical findings (neurology)8Sudden anaesthesia
Neurological findings
Radiating pain
Cauda equina
Foot drop

Signs of other possible diseases7Constitutional signs or symptoms
High blood pressure
Skin change
Night pain/pain at rest
Rapid weight loss
Unexplained fever

Other aggravating circumstances4Antalgia
Unable to work
Referred pain
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