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The Ultimate Causes of Back Pain Quiz
by Staff
Back pain can have many causes. They range from wear-and-tear to accidents or lifestyle habits that make the back susceptible to injury. Symptoms can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. Take this quiz to learn about some of the causes of back pain, their presentation and treatment.

When do symptoms of "failed back" syndrome occur?

  • after lifting a heavy object
  • after surgery
  • after an MRI

What is radiculopathy?

  • pain from a scarred nerve
  • someone who exaggerates their pain
  • phantom pain

Which is the longest and widest nerve in the body?

  • the trigeminal nerve
  • the femoral nerve
  • the sciatic nerve

Which intervertebral disks are most frequently injured?

  • L4 and L5
  • C3 and C4
  • S1 and S2

Where are the kidneys located?

  • below the hips
  • above the hips
  • in the pelvis

What is a sign that the source of back pain is from the kidneys?

  • The pain is no different when you press on the kidney area.
  • The pain lingers for a long time.
  • The pain goes away when the infection is cured.

What is the desired outcome following an injury?

  • that the body will heal stronger than it was before
  • that scarring should develop
  • that healing should take a long time to occur

How does smoking affect back pain?

  • It reduces blood flow to the spine.
  • It opens up the blood vessels in the spine.
  • It causes you to cough which may hurt your back.

What aspect of bone growth is inhibited by nicotine?

  • calcium
  • osteoblasts
  • osteoblasts

Why are smokers more sensitive to pain?

  • Smoking inhibits pain reducing hormones.
  • Smokers are stressed which makes them pain sensitive.
  • Smoking causes painful lung blisters which are hard to deal with.

What part of the nervous system is involved with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)?

  • the spinal cord
  • the parasympathetic system
  • the sympathetic system

What is the method of treatment for CRPS?

  • injections
  • tablets
  • creams

What other disease are the medications used in CRPS also used for?

  • anemia
  • hypertension
  • diabetes

What is the most common cause of pain as a result of diabetes?

  • necrosis
  • nephropathy
  • neuropathy

Which of the following clothes can be uncomfortable for diabetics?

  • gloves
  • shirts
  • hats

People with fibromyalgia have been found to have clumps within their muscles. What do these clumps feel like?

  • jello
  • Rice Krispies
  • Play Dough

Which virus does chicken pox arise from?

  • tuberculosis
  • polio
  • chicken pox

What triggers the dormant chicken pox virus to develop into shingles?

  • a week immune system
  • catching the virus from someone
  • poor hygiene

What is captured on an MRI that is not captured on a spinal X-ray?

  • bone cracks
  • spinal structure
  • cartilage damage

A discogram is a type of X-ray used to determine disk damage. What is used to enable the radiographer to see the disks?

  • contrast dye
  • a special frequency of X-ray
  • a special gown