Back and low back pain can strike without warning.
It can come from bending over or lifting something and then you’re stuck, unable to move.
However, muscle spasm in the low back is a common occurrence.
Eight out of 10 adults will experience back spasm along with back pain during their lives.
The cause of back pain and spasm can come from:
But a lot of times the root cause of the muscle spasm can come from a tiny injury to one of the structures in or around the lumbar spine.
If there have been one or more episodes of muscle spasm, more than likely it’s going to happen again.
The muscles in the low back all work together with the abdominal muscles.
If they weren’t there, then extension and lateral movement of the spine would be impossible.
The back muscles provide stability and keep the spine erect and balanced.
The balance can be compromised when spasms present along with an injured lumbar joint or disc.
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These muscle spasms are involuntary and are contractions that happen spontaneously.
When the spasms occur out of the blue, the triggers are preceded by a series of small strains to the spine which develops over time.
Once the injury is active the inflammation sets in.
Then the nerves become overly-sensitive which causes the muscle/s to contract and spasm.
Degenerative disc disease or a herniated disc can cause episodes of low back pain.
A herniated or bulging disc can compress a spinal nerve root, which causes irritation and inflammation.
The body tries to control the affected area by tightening the surrounding muscles and that’s when the spasms happen.
Muscles can become too tight because of:
Conversely, there can be muscle groups that have become too weak.
Imbalances present themselves and chronic force is transmitted to the spine in a bad way.
Even a single off movement can trigger an injury to a:
And this results in spasm and back pain.
Muscle spasm in the low back can be very painful and debilitating over a short period.
When it starts:
If this does not work, try soaking in the hot tub, with Epsom salt.
Heat increases blood flow to:
Also elevating the legs takes the pressure off the spine and can help relieve pain.
Over the counter medications like Aspirin or ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation and pain.
Discuss with physician or healthcare provider regarding dosing regimen most suitable.
There can also be a combination of therapies
A combination of treatments often generates better results than only one therapy.
Once the spasm has passed, and the inflammation has subsided focus on prevention:
It’s never too late to increase strength and flexibility.
Look at activities that you and your friends/family can enjoy and make doing them a regular thing.
A chiropractor is the ideal medical professional to consult with for any unexplained pain in the musculoskeletal system. They are highly qualified professionals that their specialty is treating conditions like lower back pain and they are very affordable. If you or a loved one have pain in the lower back, give us a call. We’re here to help!
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