‘How well do you know your back?’

Thanks to everyone who visited my stand at the ‘Your life, your choice event’ at Derby’s Assembly rooms in November. The event run by Derby city council was a big success with 80 stands of providers of care for people in Derby and over 750 people attending! The winner of my prize draw – ‘how well do you know your back?’ chose a free training session as a carer of her husband.

If you fancy a New Year brain teaser, here are the questions I had in the prize draw. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers. Each question is true or false.

1. The spine has more than 15 vertebrae.

2. There are no curves in the spine.

your life, your choice event in November, Derby Assembly rooms
my stand at ‘your life, your choice’ event

3. The femur bone is part of the spine.

4. One of the functions of the spine is to protect the spinal cord.

5. About eight out of ten people will get back pain at some point in their life.

6. Biceps is a muscle which attaches to the spine.

7. Keeping active rather than rest helps most people recover from back pain

8. Sciatica describes pain relating to the neck region of the spine.


1. True, the spine has 24 individual vertebrae with 9 fused vertebrae in the sacrum and coccyx.

2. False, there are 3 curves for the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine.

3. False, the femur bone is the thigh bone.

4. True, the spinal cord is nested inside the vertebral column of the spine.

5. True, most people will experience back pain of some degree at some point in their life.

6. False, the biceps is a muscle which bends our elbow and attaches to the upper arm region.

7. True, for most people with mild to moderate back pain, keeping active generally helps recovery more than rest.

8. False, sciatica is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve in the lower back that causes pain down the buttock and the back of the leg.

This article was written by: melanieparker

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