Back spasms are painful contractions of the muscle tissues in your back. These occur commonly in the lower back area. If you are experiencing muscle spasms, it’s crucial for you to listen to your body and attend to the pain immediately. There could be a number of different factors leading to your back pain. No matter the cause, you want to take it seriously, as spasms can be indicative of a larger medical problem related to your spine.
About Back Spasms
Muscle spasms in your back can be excruciating. The pain may even be severe enough for you to seek emergency medical attention. Do so if you feel it is warranted. You know your own body. If you were engaged in a sports, exercise or other physical activity when the pain began, that is a sure sign to stop right away, possibly even to refrain from engaging in future participation. If you still are experiencing pain after taking downtime, adding cold to the affected area and taking pain relievers for a week or so, you may be looking at a structural problem or a more serious spinal issue.
Causes of Spasms
Back spasms can usually be narrowed down to a couple main causes. Sometimes the muscles are contracting as a protection mechanism in response to strain or injury. When the soft tissues of the spine are hurt, spasms occur. These soft tissues consist of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Seeing a doctor and following the prescribed actions should have you feeling better shortly, usually in about a week or so. However, the other most common cause of back spasms can require a lot more time to address.
Spasms that don’t seem to have occurred due to a specific action or that last for an extended period of time without improving are usually due to an underlying anatomical problem in the spine. These anatomical issues can be quite vast, but some of the afflictions seen by doctors quite often are a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, facet joint osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease. These types of physical ailments require medical care to treat the problem itself in order to stop the back spasms.
Treating Muscle Spasms
There are a few tried and true methods to treat muscle spasms. Taking over-the-counter NSAIDs like Advil, Aleve or aspirin can be effective in reducing inflammation. Sitting or lying in a slightly inclined position with a pillow or other object beneath your knees for support can take pressure off your back and lessen spasms. Other times, you may find that getting up and taking short walks throughout the day is better. This works because it helps to promote blood flow. Other treatment options are also available; it all depends on your unique situation.
Back spasms are painful and can affect your entire life. Don’t suffer in silence. Seek treatment at Apponaug Chiropractic Center in Warwick. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more about our treatment options.