Seeing Red

20th February 2023

Did you know that when you’re working with a Graduate Sports Therapist you’re also being assessed for what we term “red flags”?

No, we don’t think you’re carrying a flag around! Instead we’re assessing whether your condition | injury | pain might be caused by something else. Maybe something that is masquerading as musculoskeletal pain. 

Fortunately red flags are rare. But it gives our clients comfort to know that we won’t hesitate to refer them onto the right support if a red flag is suspected. 

So what might a Red Flag look like?

Well to start a red flag might be 

  • Night sweats
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Systemic un-wellness
  • Deteriorating health
  • A traumatic event
  • A personal or family history of pathologies such as cancer or cardiovascular disease

In isolation some of these symptoms might not be anything to worry about (hello peri-menopause and night sweats), but in the right context and the right collection of symptoms, it can be an indicator of a more serious issue. 

This is part of the reason we always take a comprehensive history with all new clients. And where any concerns are flagged, we discuss referring on for further investigation.