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The Ultimate Alternative Back Pain Treatments Quiz
by Staff
There are many treatments for back pain. Traditional methods involve medication or surgery. However, there are many alternate methods available for treating back pain and new ones are being discovered all the time. Take this quiz to see how much you know about alternative back pain treatments.

What foods should you limit in your diet to improve your body's ability to heal?

  • fruit
  • sugar
  • meat

Where should you spend time if you have low vitamin D levels?

  • in the sunshine
  • indoors
  • in the pool

Which of the following relieves muscle cramps?

  • glucosamine
  • vitamin D
  • magnesium

What is the main tool used in acupuncture?

  • needles
  • magnets
  • heat pads

What is the term used to describe the burning of Chinese herbs?

  • combustion
  • herbustion
  • moxabustion

Where are the needles often positioned?

  • at a distance from the painful area
  • around the painful area
  • in the middle of the painful area

How do acupuncturist diagnose the patient's problem?

  • They listen to the heart.
  • They feel the arm pulses.
  • They search for tightened muscles.

How is hypnosis used in surgery?

  • to relax the surgeon
  • instead of anesthetic
  • to help with brain surgery

How does hypnosis work?

  • It focuses the patient on specific things.
  • It confuses the brain signals.
  • It increases the heart rate.

What is a key factor in the success of hypnosis?

  • the experience of the surgeon
  • they type of operation
  • patient cooperation

Magnets have yet to be proven as a successful method in treating back pain. What is one of the difficulties with the research?

  • It is hard to 'blind' the subjects.
  • It is expensive to use magnets.
  • It is hard to measure the effectiveness.

Prolotherapy is another new method of pain relief. How is it administered?

  • orally
  • by injection
  • topically

What is the immediate affect of the prolotherapy injection on the joint?

  • irritation
  • pain relief
  • tingling

What is a problem with prolotherapy?

  • It is not always covered by insurance.
  • It is unsafe.
  • The effects do not last for long.

Research shows that prolotherapy is effective in reducing back pain along with which other therapies?

  • acupuncture
  • physical therapy
  • both of the above

What is a side effect of prolotherapy?

  • bruising
  • shortness of breath
  • nausea

A new treatment to fix herniated disks is with surgical laser treatment. What are the benefits of this type of surgery?

  • it takes less experience to master
  • it is less expensive
  • it is less invasive

What pain-causing material does the epiduralysis procedure aim to remove?

  • bursae
  • scar tissue
  • tumors

What material is injected into the body during percutaneous vertebroplasty in order to fix broken vertebrae?

  • glue
  • potassium
  • milk

How does the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator reduce back pain?

  • It reduces the ability to feel pain.
  • It stimulates chemicals that reduce pain.
  • It distracts the brain from feeling pain.