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How Much Do You Know About Your Back?

You probably take your back for granted—until it starts to hurt. Think about it—your back is a part of your body that's in nearly constant use. Whether you're sitting, standing, or moving, your back and its muscles are providing support all day, every day. Test your knowledge of the back by taking this quiz.

1. How many bones are in your spine?
2. What position is best for your back when you sleep?
3. Which of these sports can cause dangerous back injuries?
4. How many Americans will suffer back pain at some time in their lives?
5. What is the average recovery time for low-back pain?
6. Disks cushion vertebrae in the back. What are they made of?
7. Which of these is a significant risk factor for backache?
8. Which of these measures will help a backache?
9. How should you lift a heavy object?
10. What are the warning signs of a herniated disk?
Publication Source: Created for Wellness Library
Author: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Source: American Association of Neurological Surgeonshttp://aans.org/patient%20information/conditions%20and%20treatments/low%20back%20pain.aspx
Online Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeonshttp://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00311
Online Source: Herniated Disk, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeonshttp://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00334
Online Source: Anatomy of the Spine and Peripheral Nervous System, American Association of Neurological Surgeonshttp://www.aans.org/Patient%20Information/Conditions%20and%20Treatments/Anatomy%20of%20the%20Spine%20and%20Peripheral%20Nervous%20System.aspx
Online Source: Back Pain, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseaseshttp://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Back_Pain/back_pain_ff.asp
Online Source: Low back pain fact sheet, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokehttp://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/backpain/detail_backpain.htm
Online Source: About Low Back Pain, Bone and Joint Initiativehttp://www.usbji.org/patients_public/condition.cfm?pg=content.cfm&conditionID=3§ionID=2
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Finke, Amy, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Date Last Reviewed: 10/19/2013
Date Last Modified: 12/20/2013