There is a wide range of back pain treatments available, depending on the type and extent of the problem. Many of them do not guarantee a pain-free outcome, but are used to increase the patient's functional level and stop the progression of injury. Take this quiz to see what you know about back pain treatments.
What is the aim of physical therapy?
to make patients more flexible
to help patients be in control of their condition
to help patients walk
Which of the following can be affected by pain?
both of the above
Which of the following is included in an assessment by a physical therapist?
the patient's attitude
the patient's favorite music
the patient's favorite movie
How quickly would you expect to see improvement with physical therapy?
after a few years
Nerve blocks are used to block pain emanating from a nerve. What sort of nerve is a nerve block used on?
an identifiable nerve
a large nerve
a healthy nerve
What is usually injected during a nerve block?
What was the nerve block originally developed for?
to test for paralysis
How long are nerve blocks effective for relieving pain?
What type of nerve block do many pain management centers depend on?
local anesthetic injection
epidural steroid injection
What does back surgery aim to do?
to solely treat pain
to treat neurological symptoms
to improve bone structure
How does back surgery improve neurological symptoms?
It relieves the symptoms completely.
It relieves pain which helps with the symptoms.
It stops the progression of the symptoms
What is usually done during back surgery?
What is the term given to the leaking out of the jelly-like substance inside an intervertebral disk?
What is radiculopathy?
pain that comes from a nerve root
Which of the following is used during an open surgical procedure?
a small incision
Besides for back surgery, what other types of surgeries is fiber-optic technology used for?
gall bladder surgery
Why are herniated disks often not surgically repaired?
They don't always cause pain.
The surgery is complicated.
The patient doesn't want surgery.
What is used as part of radiofrequency treatment for back pain?
What does radiofrequency do as part of the pain relieving process?