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Test your knowledge about low back pain! Select True or False for each statement on the left. Then see how you did by checking the correct answers and explanations.

1. Weight-reduction after the onset of low back pain is of no benefit, since the damage has already occurred.

a) True
b) False

2. Increased low back pain, loss of bowel and bladder control, and increased numbness, tingling, and weakness in both legs may indicate a serious problem. I should call my doctor immediately.

a) True
b) False

3. Although heavy backpacks for children may be uncomfortable, they are not usually associated with long-term problems.

a) True
b) False

4. If I have a herniated disk in my low back, anti-inflammatory medicines and physical therapy may help, but eventually I will need surgery.

a) True
b) False

5. Recent advances in back surgery for herniated disks have allowed for less invasive surgery, less pain, shorter hospital stays, and earlier return to work and activities.

a) True
b) False

6. Smoking has no effect on low back pain.

a) True
b) False

7. Using proper lifting technique, exercising regularly, and using a lumbar support belt when I am lifting heavy objects will prevent low back injury.

a) True
b) False

8. Proper conditioning to address low back pain includes maintaining strength and flexibility of the back, abdominal, hip flexor, and gluteal muscles, as well as aerobic fitness.

a) True
b) False

9. Low back pain is common not only in pregnant women, but also in new mothers, even if no back pain was present before the pregnancy.

a) True
b) False

10. Just after back pain begins, you should rest in bed for at least one week.

a) True
b) False

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Review Date: 6/29/2011

Reviewed By: Andrew W. Piasecki, MD, Camden Bone and Joint, LLC, Orthopaedic Surgery/Sports Medicine, Camden, SC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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