SYNOPSIS: Neck pain, headache, and/or orofacial symptoms are potentially the first (non-ischaemic) symptoms of an underlying vascular pathology or blood flow limitation. If an underlying vascular pathology or blood flow limitation is not recognized by the musculoskeletal rehabilitation clinician, it can subsequently be aggravated by treatment, raising the risk of serious adverse events. We argue that clinicians can make an important, and potentially lifesaving difference, by providing specific information and advice. This is especially the case in patients with an intermediate level of concern for example in patients who only show a few concerning features regarding a possible underlying serious condition, and for whom an initial vasculogenic hypothesis was rejected during the clinical reasoning process. We present background information to help the reader understand the context of the problem, and suggestions for how clinicians can provide appropriate information and advice to patients who present with neck pain, headache, and/or orofacial symptoms.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 28 Oct 2022|
- physical therapy
- musculoskeletal care
- safety netting
- vascular pathologies