Back Pain FAQs
Reviewed by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
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Q:Nearly everyone has low back pain at some time during their life. True or false?
Q:What is the only neurological ailment more common than back pain?
Q:What is the purpose of the spine?
A:The purpose of the spine is to support upper body weight.
Q:What structure in the back literally translates to "horse's tail?"
Q:The spine is a structure made up of more than 30 bones. True or false?
Q:What is medical term for arthritis of the spine?
Q:What is the name for the condition that involves painful pressure on a specific nerve in the back?
Q:Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that can affect the spine. True or false?
Q:What conditions involve a spinal curvature disorder that may cause back pain?
A:There are different medical terms that can be used to describe curvature of the spine.
Q:When should you see a doctor for back pain?
A:Always see a doctor if you have back pain that is associated with numbness, weakness, trouble urinating, or unexplained weight loss.
Q:Surgery is required to treat most cases of low back pain. True or false?
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