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The Ultimate Relieving Back Pain Quiz
by Staff
The back is a complex part of the body and, among its many functions, it acts as a support structure for the spine. Back pain has various causes and pain can range from a soreness to a debilitating pain that severely limits your ability to function.

Back pain is usually __ in nature.

  • sharp
  • muscular
  • temporary

How many bones are there in the spine?

  • 23
  • 33
  • 43

What minerals do the bones get their strength from?

  • calcium and phosphate
  • calcium and magnesium
  • sodium and phosphate

What can cause the breakdown of bones?

  • exercise
  • inactivity
  • dairy foods

If you sliced an intervertebral disk horizontally, what food would it resemble?

  • an onion
  • an orange
  • a pomegranate

What happens when there is a "slipped" disk?

  • The disk pops out from between the vertebrae.
  • Fluid has begun to leak through the disk rings.
  • The rings have completely torn and fluid has leaked.

How much water are the intervertebral disks of a 20-year-old made up of?

  • 0.5
  • 0.7
  • 0.9

What is the main function of spinal ligaments?

  • to hold the spine together
  • to prevent nerve pinching
  • to allow for safe movement

What causes muscle tightening?

  • shortened muscles
  • small muscles
  • lengthened muscles

Where does the nervous system begin?

  • the brain
  • the spinal cord
  • the nerve roots

What sort of signals are used to transfer messages through the nervous system?

  • chemical
  • mechanical
  • electrical

In what position is the back most comfortable?

  • standing
  • lying
  • sitting

How far forward is it safe to bend?

  • 30 degrees
  • 45 degrees
  • 60 degrees

What is the best thing to do if you have pulled or strained your back muscles?

  • exercise
  • rest
  • stretch

How can you reduce local inflammation immediately after injuring your back?

  • Apply ice to the area.
  • Rest your back.
  • Exercise your back muscles.

Even though applying heat may feel better after an injury, how long should you avoid heat application for?

  • 12 hours
  • 24 hours
  • 48 hours

How can you help to relax tight muscles?

  • massage
  • stretching
  • both of the above

What sort of activities should you avoid after injuring your back?

  • unloading groceries
  • resting
  • watching TV

What else can you do to relieve back pain?

  • Sit on soft couches.
  • Take analgesia.
  • Lift heavy objects.

When should you see a doctor?

  • immediately after injuring yourself
  • after a few days with no improvement
  • when pain is easing