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. Take this quiz to learn about what can go wrong in the back and how to relieve back pain.
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Back pain is usually __ in nature.
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How many bones are there in the spine?
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What minerals do the bones get their strength from?
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What can cause the breakdown of bones?
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If you sliced an intervertebral disk horizontally, what food would it resemble?
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What happens when there is a "slipped" disk?
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How much water are the intervertebral disks of a 20-year-old made up of?
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What is the main function of spinal ligaments?
Question 9 of 20
What causes muscle tightening?
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Where does the nervous system begin?
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What sort of signals are used to transfer messages through the nervous system?
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In what position is the back most comfortable?
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How far forward is it safe to bend?
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What is the best thing to do if you have pulled or strained your back muscles?
Question 15 of 20
How can you reduce local inflammation immediately after injuring your back?
Question 16 of 20
Even though applying heat may feel better after an injury, how long should you avoid heat application for?
Question 17 of 20
How can you help to relax tight muscles?
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What sort of activities should you avoid after injuring your back?
Question 19 of 20
What else can you do to relieve back pain?
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