Back spasm relief

A back spasm can happen to anyone, with this issue being especially common among athletes. These sudden, involuntary contractions of back muscles occur due to muscle imbalance or an underlying injury. Either way, they are extremely painful and make movement very difficult.

For anyone who experiences back spasms, finding relief can be difficult and time consuming. Depending on the situation, it can to take weeks or even months to find the best treatment. It is very important to work with your doctor when trying to find back spasm relief, as the best treatment plan also requires a correct diagnosis of the underlying cause.

Back spasms and their symptoms

Back spasms are often a sign of overuse. Repetitive motion or overtraining without proper recovery can make it harder for back muscles to heal from wear and tear. Another factor is muscle imbalance: if a particular group of muscles is overdeveloped, they can pull too hard on a connecting group. With the back, if you have weak back and abdominal muscles relative to your arms and shoulders or legs, they can be easily torn and inflamed. If this inflammation is not treated, the nerves in the muscle become overly sensitive and can cause painful spasms.

Sports like baseball, golf or tennis all cause back spasms due to both the repetitive motions involved and the degree of muscle imbalance they can encourage. Non-athletes can develop them too, mainly from having a physical job that requires heavy lifting and repetitive motion. Whether your back spasm is sports-related or not, the symptoms are usually the same:

  • Sudden and severe pain in the back, whether in motion or at rest
  • Tightness and immobility in the spine
  • Pain that intensifies with movement and may diminish when lying down

Treatments to achieve back spasm relief

The best immediate treatment for a back spasm is a combination of rest, ice and compression. If the spasms are chronic, you and your doctor can work together to develop a plan of conservative treatments. Some of the most commonly used treatments include anti-inflammatory medication, muscle relaxants and hot/cold compresses.

If months of conservative therapy don’t bring lasting relief, and the underlying cause of your spasms is related to a degenerative spine condition such as a herniated disc or spinal arthritis, your doctor may discuss the possibility of surgery.

Laser Spine Institute offers an effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^ Our minimally invasive decompression surgery can help relieve back pain by removing a small portion of the damaged spine from the pinched nerve. For severe spine conditions where fusion surgery is the recommended course of action, we perform minimally invasive stabilization procedures that are more muscle-sparing compared to traditional open fusions.^ Contact us today to learn more.

We’ll be happy to provide a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.