You've probably been reading up on back pain—and getting plenty of advice from friends—ever since it became part of your life.
Now it's time put your knowledge of this often-perplexing condition to the test.
- Which of the following can help promote a healthy back?
- Quit smoking; nicotine and tobacco can harm the back and jeopardize bone healing
- Lose weight if you're overweight
- Exercise to increase oxygen and blood flow to the back and spinal discs
- Cut back on or eliminate cola drinks, which can reduce bone density
- All of the above
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- Lumbar herniated disc is most common in which of these age groups?
- Ages 20 to 35
- Ages 35 to 50
- Ages 50 to 70
- Ages 70 to 90
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- What is the most common cause of lower back pain?
- A torn or pulled muscle and/or ligament
- An infection in the spine
- A tumor in the spine
- An autoimmune disease
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- What are the typical symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis?
- Pain in the legs with walking, and worse pain when walking downhill than uphill
- Little or no pain when resting
- Symptoms fluctuate over time
- Numbness or weakness that runs from the lower back into the buttocks and legs
- All of the above
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- Which of these back conditions affect men more than women?
- Compression fracture. A bone in the spine breaks as a result of osteoporosis—thinning of the bones—causing sudden, intense pain.
- Degenerative spondylolisthesis. A lumbar (lower back) vertebrae moves forward over the one below it, which may cause pain in the lower back and legs.
- Ankylosing spondylitis. A form of arthritis that affects the joints of the spine, causing back pain and stiffness.
- Piriformis syndrome. The piriformis muscle in the buttocks spasms, irritating the sciatic nerve and triggering symptoms similar to sciatica.
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- e. All of the above.
- b. Ages 35 to 50
- a. A torn or pulled muscle and/or ligament.
- e. All of the above
- c. Ankylosing spondylitis.