Yellow flags of low back ache

Yellow flags represent the psychosocial barriers to recovery that may increase the long-term disability and work loss

belief that pain and activity are harmful
‘sickness behaviors’
low or negative moods, social withdrawal
treatment beliefs do not fit best practice
problems with claim and compensation
history of back pain, time-off, other claims
problems at work, poor job satisfaction
heavy work, unsociable hours (shift work)
overprotective family or lack of support