Lumbar Muscle Spasm
A muscle spasm is usually a sprain or a muscle strain. It is an involuntary contraction of one or more muscles, tightening or cramping of the muscle fibers. Sometimes, it may feel like a “knot.” Muscle-related problems are among the most common reasons for neck pain and or back pain.
Causes of Muscle Spasm
This happens because the muscles in the back never rest, even when you are lying down, sitting, or sleeping. Since the muscles in the back are always at work, it is difficult to give them the chance to heal and rest when they are injured.
Unusual exercise activities can cause muscle spasms to occur. Dehydration is also a common cause of muscle spasm and cramping. Other examples of Lumbar muscle spasm causes are facet joint osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and pain from a herniated disc, etc.
Symptoms of Lumbar Muscle Spasm
Some of the most common symptoms of a lumbar muscle spasm include:
- Low back pain, pinched nerve, or tenderness.
- Swelling or strain in the lower back.
- Pain and inflammation.
- A “tearing” or “popping” feeling in the lower back.
- Burning or redness of the skin over the injured area.
- Decreased ability to move, including the inability to perform bending and lifting motions.
Treatment of Lumbar Muscle Spasm
The initial treatment consists of avoiding the movements and activities that produce any pain. The treatment depends upon the physical examination and Lumbar Muscle Spasm stages. Treatments that our spine specialists may recommend and perform in addition to physical therapy may include:
- Rest, ice and immobilization.
- Bracing the affected area.
- Pain medication.
- NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs).
- Plasma Rich Platelet Therapy.
- Trigger Point Injections.
- Muscle Relaxants.
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How Do You Get Rid of Back Spasms?
You can get rid of muscle spasms if you follow the below-mentioned measures:
- You need to press the affected area for a minute in order to soothe the muscle spasm.
- Do not apply pressure to the affected area.
- Application of both heat and cold treatment can help in relieving the pain of a muscle spasm.
How Long Do Lumbar Muscle Spasms Last?
- Typically a lumbar muscle spasm takes a period of about three to four weeks in order to get completely recovered.
- In case if you are not getting rid of the symptoms, then your specialist may look for the underlying reason.
How Do You Relieve Muscle Spasms?
You can adopt the following measures to relieve your muscle spasms:
- Stretching Exercise.
- Application of heat and cold treatment.
- By massaging the affected area.
- Use of anti-inflammatory topical creams.