Muscle spasms can be painful and stop you in your tracks if they occur in a major muscle group. Lower back muscle spasms are a common cause of back pain and can be debilitating. Loosening and relaxing tight or spastic muscles help to stop the pain and restore mobility. Our pain specialists at Medici Spine & Pain near Atlanta offer treatment plans for muscles spasms to give patients relief.
What Causes a Muscle Spasm?
When a muscle contracts and stays contracted, this is a muscle spasm. People of all ages can have a muscle spasm for a variety of reasons. There are some health conditions that cause severe muscle spasms. For the majority of people, most muscle spasms are brief episodes. Muscle spasms can be caused by:
- Muscle fatigue
- Insufficient stretching or warm up before exercise
- Low electrolytes or minerals in the body
- Irritation from other conditions, like a ruptured spinal disc
While any muscle can have a spasm, the lower back muscles are one of the groups commonly affected. When a lower back muscle spasm occurs, it can result in pain and limited mobility that may last for weeks.
Treatment for Lower Back Muscle Spasms
Reducing inflammation in the muscle and increasing blood flow can help relieve the pain caused by lower back muscle spasms. While a short period of rest with OTC anti-inflammatory medications can often relieve mild lower back spasms, more severe spasms may require medical treatment. Our team at Medici Spine & Pain can determine the best treatment options for severe muscle spasms, including medication management, cortisone/steroid injections and physical therapy.
If you have severe muscle spasms that are causing intense pain or limiting your mobility, contact Medici Spine & Pain today to schedule an appointment. We can determine the best treatment option to give you relief at our clinics near Atlanta.