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You are about to go on placement or have recently qualified and are about to treat patients complaining of low back pain. Questions such as 'What do I do?'; 'What do I look for'; 'How do I do it?' may suddenly become overwhelming. This pocketbook covers the examination, initial management and discharge options for patients with low back pain. It will fit easily into your pocket with information that is close to hand. A simple, effective pocketbook for students and junior staff treating patients with low back pain. clinically effective examinations reflects current clinical practice key points, charts, tables all backed up with links to other texts and websites Fraser Ferguson , MPhil, BSc, MCSP,SRP, Clinical Physiotherapy Specialist, Greater Glasgow Back Pain Service CONTENTS 0 PURPOSE OF THIS BOOK 1 REVIEW OF LOW BACK PAIN, PHYSIOTHERAPY AND PHYSIOTHERAPISTS 2 IDENTIFICATION AND SIGNIFICANCE OF RED FLAGS. 3 IDENTIFICATION AND PHYSIOTHERAPY OF CAUDA EQUINA SYNDROME 4 IDENTIFICATION AND MANAGEMENT OF YELLOW FLAGS. 5 THE SUBJECTIVE EXAMINATION 6 OBJECTIVE EXAMINATION 7 AN INTRODUCTION TO DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS IN LBP PATIENTS 8 PAIN AND PHARMACOLOGY 9 PHYSIOTHERAPY TREATMENTS FOR LBP 10 EXAMPLES OF HOW SPECIALIST SERVICES CAN CHANGE THE MANAGEMENT OF LBP APPENDIX POSSIBLE ANSWERS TO CLINICAL CHALLENGES AND CASE STUDIES