Muscle spasms in your back can be very painful and scary for anyone that has never experienced them before. For those of us that have experienced them, we know there are certain steps we need to take to resolve them fast so we can get back to our daily activites.
What Causes Muscle Spasms
Our body has a way of protecting itself when we have an injury, a muscle spasm is the first protective mechanism that the body does to spilt the injured area. We next will experience inflammation. This is the first step of healing, even though it can also contribute to the pain.
Most lower back muscles spasms occur because of the following reasons:
- The muscles are trying to protect themselves from muscle strain
A back spasm can occur after any type of strain or injury to the soft tissues such as the muscles, tendons or ligaments around the spine.
- Spasm is usually a response to an underlying problem.
If your back spasm does not get better in 7 to 10 days, there underlying anatomical problem in your spine. Examples of underlying issues that could cause your back to spasm include:
- Osteoarthritis (wear and tear of the joints also know as Degenerative Disc Disease)
- Degenerative disc disease (wear and tear to the disc and loss of space between the vertebra)
- Spinal stenosis ( A narrowing around the spinal cord due to bony growth around the canal)
- Herniated Disc
In these cases, the pain is coming from the anatomical problem, and the muscle instinctively reacts to the pain and inflammation by going into a spasm. If this is the case for you, then you will want to seek chiropractic treatment in order to treat not just the acute pain but also to address the underlying cause of your symptoms and to help prevent them from progressing. If left untreated, these conditions will continue to give you pain that may become debilitating.
Treatment for Muscle Spasms
Dr. Gibson at RTP Chiropractic in Morrisville NC is highly trained and skilled to diagnosis the underlying cause of your muscle spasm. He will develop treatment recommendations as well as home instructions to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. If you have any questions about the treatment options for these types of conditions, don’t hesitate to call the office at anytime.