Date of Release: February 2006

Self-Assessment Post Test

Date of Completion:

After reading each question, circle the right answer. You must answer at least 70% of the questions correctly to receive credit. When completed, please click below to send your responses directly to the Dannemiller Memorial Educational Foundation.

1. What red flag symptoms are indicative of a serious underlying condition?
a. Low-grade fever for longer than 48 hours
b. Severe pain at rest or pain that wakes the patient at night
c. Weakness or numbness of the lower leg
d. Loss of bowel or bladder function

Check the correct answer:
a through d
a, c, and d
b, c, and d
all of above

2. What pertinent data should be included in a thorough patient history?
Check the correct answer:
Recent divorce
Antidepressants or other medications currently being taken
All of the above

3. Palpation of the lumbar spine should include the bony processes and soft tissues.

4. Ex-rays are necessary in diagnostics, and should be ordered as part of the clinical examination.

5. A bone scan is useful to confirm

a. Stress Fracture
b. Asymptomatic back pain
c. Infection

Check the correct answer:
a and b
a and c
b and c
all of the above

6. The acronym IDET stands for
Intra-Disc Electrical Therapy
Intra-Discal Electro-Thermal Therapy
Intra-Discal Electrical Treatment

7. Vertebral compression fractures are best treated using:

Percutaneous vertebroplasty
Balloon kyphoplasty

8. DISC nucleoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that uses

High frequency waves to dissolve tissue pressing on nerve
High frequency waves to eliminate the disc
Low frequency waves to remove tissue protruding from the disc

9. Spinal cord stimulators is a form of neuromodulation that creates a sensation of parasthesia.

10. Percutaneous vertebroplasty is:
Minimally invasive
Uses bone cement to restore strength to the damaged body
Effective in relieving as much as 90% of pain in patients with osteoporotic fractures
a and c
b and c
a, b, and c