How to Deal With Back Spasms

If you've ever experienced back spasms, then you probably know what a pain in the... back they are. A back spasm is the involuntary tensing or contracting of the back muscles and, according to the American Chiropractic Association, up to 80 percent of the U.S. population deals with them at one time or another. Generally, back spasms are the occasionally long-lasting result of an injury to the muscles, ligaments and/or tendons in the back, or they could be a sign of arthritis. Here is some more information on back spasms, including ways to prevent and treat them: 

Diagnosis

If you are experiencing back spasms, then it's important that you alert your medical caregiver, so that they may begin the process of helping you to pinpoint the cause or causes. Once you approach your garegiver with your concerns about the back spasms, they will most likely order an x-ray in order to look for fractures or common signs of arthritis. You can help your doctor with to reach a proper diagnosis by relaying as much information about the spasms as you possibly can. You can tell them about the severity of the pain, the general location of the spasms, how often you experience the spasms, and when you first started to have them. 

Treatment

Once your doctor has diagnosed the reason for your back spasms, then together you can come up with a feasible treatment plan. If the cause of the spasms is injury-related, then using ice can potentially help to reduce any inflammation around the affected area and improve blood flow, thus speeding up the healing process. Also, if your doctor think that you can benefit from it, you can consider seeking out chiropractic care. A chiropractic practioner may be able to help to realign your back, thus relieving you of the spasms. You can always stop by The Joint for an easy and affordable consultation with a knowledgeable provider.

Prevention

Your back is a pretty important part of your physical makeup (but you probably already knew that, right?). Therefore, the better care you take of it, the more likely it is that you can avoid back spasms in the future. Regular exercise can help to strengthen and stabilize your back, reducing the likelihood of injury, and help you to avoid gaining extra weight that may put unneeded stress on your spine and joints.  

 

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