1. How should you protect your back when lifting?
a) Keep your back straight
b) Stand with your feet parallel
c) Hold your load close to your body
2. True or false? Back belts allow you to lift more weight.
3. Which is better for your back: pulling or pushing?
4. True or false? Prolonged rest will cure back pain.
5. True or false? Heat is best for acute (severe) back pain
6. True or false? Being overweight can contribute to back pain.
7. True or false? If you have back pain, you should not do weight-bearing exercises.
8. True or false? Strengthening abdominal muscles may prevent back pain and provide some relief if you already have back pain.
9. The best time to stretch is:
a) In the morning
b) Throughout the day
c) After work


  1. c) Hold your load close to your body to avoid straining your back when lifting (especially heavy objects.)
  2. False – Back belts do not make you stronger.
  3. Pushing is better than pulling because your body weight provides the thrust.
  4. False – While a brief period of rest may help, staying in bed too long will weaken muscles.
  5. False – Anti-inflammatories and gentle stretching are best, followed by an ice pack.
  6. True – Excess weight, especially in the stomach area.
  7. True – Strength training can help alleviate back pain and prevent further injury, but ask your doctor for guidance.
  8. True – Abdominal muscles support the back, so strong “abs” can take some of the strain off your back muscles.
  9. b) Throughout the day. Stretching keeps your muscles flexible and helps avoid injury.

Source: North American Spine Society