Back Spasms: Are you suffering from them?

Back spasms arise when there is an involuntary and unusual muscle contraction because of strain, muscle pain, or weakness. You may experience a back spasm when you are working out, heavy lifting, or engaging in some form of strenuous activity. If you are not properly hydrated or low on calcium or potassium, you are more likely to face a back spasm.

Symptoms of Back Spasms

There are a variety of uncomfortable symptoms you may experience if you suffer from a back spasm. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Back pain
  • Buttock pain
  • Muscle strain
  • Spine stiffness
  • Neck stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica or a shooting pain felt in the back of one leg
  • Nerve issues

Treating Back Spasms

Fortunately, a number of different self treatments can help you find relief from back spasms. After you notice a back spasm, you should immediately stop lifting, working out, or doing whatever you are doing. Then, gently rub or massage the affected muscles and apply cold to the area to reduce pain. Once you’ve applied cold, soak a towel in hot water or use a heating pad to relax your tense muscles with heat.

For the next few days, take a break from strenuous activities and try to relax. This way, your muscle will be able to heal from injury at a faster relate. Relaxation exercises such as meditation, watching a favorite movie, or listening to soothing music can all take your mind off the pain and improve your breathing.

When to Seek Medical Attention

If self-treatment techniques do not improve your back spasm within a few days, you should consult a doctor right away. A doctor may prescribe an over-the-counter pain medication or muscle relaxant.

How to Prevent Back Spasms

By making certain lifestyle choices, you can prevent back spasms and the debilitating pain they often bring. Here at EmergeOrtho, we suggest:

  • Healthy Eating: Fill your diet with various foods that are loaded with calcium and potassium.
  • Hydration: Drink plenty of water each day to avoid dehydration. It’s a good idea to keep a water bottle by your side at all times.
  • Taking Breaks: If you sit at a desk all day, get up, stretch, and take frequent breaks.
  • Warming Up: Before exercising, be sure to warm up. Simple jumping jacks or squats can save you from a spasm.

Contact EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region

If you’ve experienced a back spasm and have not found relief through self-treatment techniques, we encourage you to contact us today.