Back Spasms are sudden, uncontrolled contractions of the back muscles, which is the body’s protective response to soft tissue inflammation, strain or injury or as a sign of an underlying issue in your spine.
WHAT CAUSES BACK SPASMS?
Repetitive over use of muscles, or activities which require sudden twists and strain of the back. Sometimes, back spasms can be an indication of a more serious underlying issue. Underlying issues that may lead to back spasms include:
If you have been diagnosed with a spinal condition, and are experiencing back spasms, a visit with a spine specialist will help you determine the best treatment to alleviate the pain and address the underlying issue.
SYMPTOMS OF BACK SPASMS
- Sudden, acute, short term pain, or pain that increases with movement
- Involuntary contraction of the back muscles
- Uncontrollable tightening of the back muscles
The MISI Approach to Back Spasm Treatment
There are several conservative treatments which can alleviate symptoms of back spasms. Many sufferers can find relieve through ice and heat therapy to decrease swelling and improve circulation.
Anti-inflammatory medications or prescription muscle relaxants may be needed.
Cortisone Injections administered by your physician can also help.
If conservative treatment fails to relieve the pain and incidents of muscle spasms, it is important to see a spine specialist to treat the causative spine issue.
Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.