Pain developing


Hi I’m Physio Phebe and I am here to guide you through injury management.


If you’ve had pain developing somewhere in your body, it’s important that you go and see someone about it rather than ‘wait and see’ if it improves. Quite often, there is a simple reason behind your pain but there are some instances where something more serious is masquerading as muscle or joint pain.


I would like you to pause the video and have a read of the list below titled red flags and if you answer yes to any of these, please see a doctor as soon as possible. Otherwise a physiotherapist will be able to assess your pain and work out what’s most likely causing it, but they will also be able to liase with your doctor should they be concerned. To find a physiotherapist head to the find a physio section of my website.



Red flags are signs or symptoms that indicate the need for immediate medical attention. If you are experiencing any of the following please consult a doctor asap or go to the emergency department of your hospital:

  • Losing control of your bowel or bladder
  • Feeling dizzy or losing balance
  • Feeling weak or numb anywhere in your body
  • Persistent pins + needles
  • Feeling nauseous or vertigo
  • Feeling faint
  • Have double vision
  • Having problems with your speech or swallowing
  • Have a fever or night sweats


If you are ever unsure, it is better just to go and get checked out, then the doctor can direct you to the most appropriate health professional.


I recommend you also watch this video about ‘red flags’ (click here).