Back Pain Quiz

Is My Back Pain Serious?

The results of the quiz are meant to help you determine if the symptoms you are experiencing are similar to chronic back pain. This quiz is not meant to diagnose patients with lower back pain or diseases associated with the spine. If you are experiencing back pain, you should talk with your doctor.

Please answer all 6 questions to the best of your ability.


Did symptoms appear gradually over time?


Do you have any shooting pain or numbness going into your legs (sciatica)?


Has the pain lasted longer than 3 months?


Are your symptoms more severe when you wake up in the morning?


When walking, does your back feel better while leaning forward?


Does it hurt in your back or legs when you cough or sneeze?