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 an MRI
What is radiculopathy?
pain from a scarred nerve
someone who exaggerates their 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?
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?
What other disease are the medications used in CRPS also used for?
What is the most common cause of pain as a result of diabetes?
Which of the following clothes can be uncomfortable for diabetics?
People with fibromyalgia have been found to have clumps within their muscles. What do these clumps feel like?
Which virus does chicken pox arise from?
What triggers the dormant chicken pox virus to develop into shingles?
a week immune system
catching the virus from someone
What is captured on an MRI that is not captured on a spinal X-ray?
A discogram is a type of X-ray used to determine disk damage. What is used to enable the radiographer to see the disks?