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Back Pain

1. What percentage of adults suffers from back pain?:
(a): 100%
(b): 68%
(c): 80%
(d): 45%
Answer: C – According to the National Institute of Health, up to 80% of adults will report experiencing low back pain at some point in their lives. However, even adolescents can suffer from back pain. Low back pain is estimated to cost Americans billions of dollars when health care, lost wages, and decreased productivity are factored in.
Answer: C – According to the National Institute of Health, up to 80% of adults will report experiencing low back pain at some point in their lives. However, even adolescents can suffer from back pain. Low back pain is estimated to cost Americans billions of dollars when health care, lost wages, and decreased productivity are factored in.
2. How many sections or regions make up the spine?:
(a): 2
(b): 3
(c): 5
(d): 7
C – Five sections make up the back: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal. Each of these regions is made up of vertebrae.
C – Five sections make up the back: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal. Each of these regions is made up of vertebrae.
The best treatment for a sore back is _________:
(a): Bed rest
(b): Movement
(c): Lifting weights
(d): Both a and c
Answer: B – Bed rest is not helpful in relieving back pain. In fact, it is recommended that you get moving, even a little bit, to help relieve discomfort.
Answer: B – Bed rest is not helpful in relieving back pain. In fact, it is recommended that you get moving, even a little bit, to help relieve discomfort.
Which of following could be factors for back pain?:
(a): Backpack overload
(b): Mental health
(c): Age
(d): Diet/weight gain
(e): All of the above
Answer: E – All of the above! While a heavy backpack, your age and weight gain might seem obvious; did you know that your mental health might play a role? The National Institute of Health reports that stress or a pre-existing mental health condition could determine how much a person focuses on back pain. In addition, some causes of pain may be genetic – such as disc disease.
Answer: E – All of the above! While a heavy backpack, your age and weight gain might seem obvious; did you know that your mental health might play a role? The National Institute of Health reports that stress or a pre-existing mental health condition could determine how much a person focuses on back pain. In addition, some causes of pain may be genetic – such as disc disease.
True or False. Sitting up perfectly straight is best for your back.:
(a): True
(b): False
Answer: B – False. Maintaining proper posture may prevent back pain, but sitting up straight (at 90 degrees) all of the time or slouching constantly can put an unnecessary strain on your back, causing discomfort. Researchers from Scotland and Canada reportedly found that leaning back at an angle of 135 degrees is ideal.
Answer: B – False. Maintaining proper posture may prevent back pain, but sitting up straight (at 90 degrees) all of the time or slouching constantly can put an unnecessary strain on your back, causing discomfort. Researchers from Scotland and Canada reportedly found that leaning back at an angle of 135 degrees is ideal.
Which of the following back pain is NOT a sports-related.:
(a): Stingers
(b): Spondylolisthesis
(c): Ligament sprains
(d): Growth spurt
Answer: D – A growth spurt, which is defined as an occurrence of growing quickly and suddenly in a short period of time, may cause discomfort on the low back, but it is not related to sports activity.
Answer: D – A growth spurt, which is defined as an occurrence of growing quickly and suddenly in a short period of time, may cause discomfort on the low back, but it is not related to sports activity.
What is the condition that causes the spine to twist to one side?:
(a): Osteoporosis
(b): Scoliosis
(c): Sciatica
(d): Osteoarthritis
Answer: B – Scoliosis is a disorder that causes the spine to curve sideways. Although the condition appears mainly in adolescents, it can develop at any time in a person’s life. The exact cause of most scoliosis is not known.
Answer: B – Scoliosis is a disorder that causes the spine to curve sideways. Although the condition appears mainly in adolescents, it can develop at any time in a person’s life. The exact cause of most scoliosis is not known.
True or False.  Being thin means never experiencing back pain.
(a): True
(b): False
Answer: B – False. While being overweight can have a great impact on your
overall health as well as your back, being thin doesn’t mean you will necessarily escape back pain. Genetics, lifestyle, injury, diet, or a condition could cause discomfort.
Answer: B – False. While being overweight can have a great impact on your
overall health as well as your back, being thin doesn’t mean you will necessarily escape back pain. Genetics, lifestyle, injury, diet, or a condition could cause discomfort.
Symptoms that include low back pain, arm pain and/or foot pain could be ________:
(a): A herniated disc
(b): A muscular strain
(c): A sprain
(d): An ulcer
Answer: A – A herniated disc, sometimes referred to as a slipped disc, is a common condition. In fact, there are more than three million cases in the United States a year. Some herniated discs cause no symptoms, others irritate nearby nerves but some require treatment such as physical therapy, medication or even surgery.
Answer: A – A herniated disc, sometimes referred to as a slipped disc, is a common condition. In fact, there are more than three million cases in the United States a year. Some herniated discs cause no symptoms, others irritate nearby nerves but some require treatment such as physical therapy, medication or even surgery.
True or False. Surgery is the ONLY way to treat chronic back pain.
(a). True
(b). False
Answer: B – False. Actually, surgery is a last resort for treating back pain. Options such as over-the-counter medications, heat or ice, and physical therapy are often tried first. After that, prescription medications, acupuncture, bracing or injections could be choices. Surgery can help conditions like disc herniation, spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis.
Answer: B – False. Actually, surgery is a last resort for treating back pain. Options such as over-the-counter medications, heat or ice, and physical therapy are often tried first. After that, prescription medications, acupuncture, bracing or injections could be choices. Surgery can help conditions like disc herniation, spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis.
True or False. Smoking is linked to back pain.
(a): True
(b): False
Answer: A – True. Here is another reason to kick the habit. While smoking has not been directly associated with increased back pain, the American Chiropractic Association says smoking can impair blood flow to the spine tissues, resulting in a lack of nutrients and oxygen.
Answer: A – True. Here is another reason to kick the habit. While smoking has not been directly associated with increased back pain, the American Chiropractic Association says smoking can impair blood flow to the spine tissues, resulting in a lack of nutrients and oxygen.
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