Gap filling, 20

For questions 16 – 30, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each space. Use only one word in each space. There is an example at the beginning (0). Write your answers on the separate answer sheet.

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About 80 percent of the American population is hit with back pain (O) at least  once in their lives, and half of (16) …..can expect a revisit (17) …..three years. The lower back, the so-called ‘lumbar region’, accounts (18) …… most of those incidents and (19) …… some 11,430,000 Americans to the doctor in 1996.

The pain (20) ….. over for 80 percent of us (21) ….. 10 to 14days, (22) ….. that’s still a lot of suffering and lost time.

Fortunately, treatment continues (23) ….. advance. The last decade (24) ….. seen major progress in the understanding of back pain, of (25) ….. we can avoid it and (26) ……we can do when its slaps us down.

Back pain (27) …… not be such a problem if our progenitors hadn’t given (28) ….. going on all four limbs. Certainly, we’ve evolved since we started (29) …… on two feet, but obviously we (30) ….. have some evolving to do.

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