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Take the Spine Health Quiz

Back pain is one of the most common nerve-related illnesses in the United States. Keeping your spine in good health is one way to avoid back pain. Learn more about your spine and back pain by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

1. How many doctor's visits each year are because of back problems?
2. The spinal cord is an extension of what?
3. One of the most common back injuries is a slipped, or herniated, disk. What does this mean?
4. What causes a slipped disk?
5. A sprain or strain of the ligaments and muscles in the back is one of the most common causes of back pain. How can a sprain or strain occur?
6. Spinal stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spinal canal. This is associated with aging, as the disks become drier and start to shrink. Where does pain from spinal stenosis usually occur?
7. What happens when osteoarthritis occurs in the spine?
8. What can be done to prevent back pain?
9. Spondylolysis can cause back pain in young athletes. What is it?