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What Muscle Spasms Are Really Telling You

By Debra Rodzinak

The excruciating pain of a muscle spasm is unlike anything experienced.  It will stop you in your tracks, wake you from a dead sleep, or have you fall over on the floor writhing in pain.  There are many different reasons for muscle spasms and several treatment options, including chiropractic. 

Reasons for Muscle Spasms

Some muscle spasms happen because of an injury to the muscle, but more often than not, there is an underlying issue that causes the muscle to seize up.  Facet joint arthritis, inflammation, dehydration, overuse, and even diseases such as diabetes can cause the muscles to spasm.  In the back, many times the cause of muscle spasms are facet joint arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and poor posture.

Treatment Options for Back Spasms

The ultimate goal of treatment for back spasms is not to treat the spasm, but the underlying issue that is causing the muscles of the back to spasm.  Some doctors may prescribe muscle relaxers, but this is only a temporary fix, does not treat the underlying root causes, and many patients are adverse to taking pills that may cause addiction. 

Some drug free solutions to treating back spams include:

  • Ice therapy
  • Heat therapy
  • Chiropractic adjustments to the spine
  • Physical therapy

Warning Signs That Need Immediate Attention

As with any back related issue, it is wise to seek a doctor’s advice to rule out any serious problem.  For example, loss of bowel or bladder control, pain radiating not only in the back, but specifically in the upper back that radiates up to the jaw or down the arm, and numbness of the lower extremities, are all times when immediate medical attention should be sought.

However, once these have been ruled out, if you are seeking relief from muscle spasms for a pinched nerve, facet joint arthritis, degenerative disc disease, or just overuse, come to The Joint and let one of our expert chiropractors work with you on a plan of treatment to help you address your underlying issue.

At The Joint, the focus is on the patient and their control of their treatment plan.  With no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, finding relief for your muscle spasms is easy and stress free.  A visit to The Joint is often less expensive than an insurance copay and with The Joint’s convenient weekday and weekend hours, you can fit a gentle adjustment into your busy schedule.  Come by The Joint today to find relief.

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