It’s expected that roughly 80 percent of American adults will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is usually caused by everything from poor posture, to injury, to pregnancy. Accompanying back pain, back spasms are the result of involuntary contraction of the back muscles. These spasms may indicate an existing injury isn’t healing correctly, and could be a sign that you need to visit a chiropractic practitioner to have your recovery progress reevaluated.
There are a number of potential causes of back spasms, ranging from severe to relatively inconsequential. It’s important to realize, however, that back spasms are always a symptom of an underlying issue and not an issue in and of themselves. If you’re suffering from back spasms –which can be quite painful and uncomfortable – it’s advisable to seek out the assistance of a qualified care provider as soon as possible.
Advanced Spine and Posture is ready to help Las Vegas, NV patients make sense of their spasms. We may be able to help put you on a better road to recovery after an injury.
Diagnosing the source of back spasms
To diagnose a back spasm, a medical professional or chiropractic care provider will offer a range of potential solutions, including X-rays, magnetic imaging, or computerized tomographic (CT) scans.
Common causes of back spasms include ruptured discs, weak abdominal muscles and heavy lifting. When muscles in the lower back are injured, they may begin to spasm as a response to trauma. If back spasms continue, it could indicate serious issues with your muscles or the spinal tissue around them.
Sports, particularly golf and football, are also a common catalyst for back spasms. Many athletic activities require you to repeatedly twist back and forth, which can result in trauma to muscles in the lumbar back.
Treating back spasms
Regardless of the source of your back spasms, it’s important to receive an accurate diagnosis as soon as you begin experiencing symptoms. Working with a qualified provider of chiropractic care is the best way to ensure that the source of your muscle trauma is accurately diagnosed and treated.
Depending on the frequency and severity of your spasms, your provider may provide you with pain management tools in addition to your treatment. For example, both ice and heat are effective pain management tools to reduce swelling. It’s important to remember, however, that while pain management may mitigate the symptoms of your spasms, they’re not treating the underlying causes.
If you have a ruptured or slipped disc, physical manipulation of the spine via chiropractic care may be the best way to treat the injury. For traumatized muscles, your chiropractor may encourage you to take up physical therapy exercises, to help you to rebuild strength in the muscle that will eventually stop your spasms from occurring.
Don’t suffer through spasms
Advanced Spine and Posture is a trusted source of chiropractic care in Las Vegas, NV and surrounding areas. We’re here to deliver relief through corrective chiropractic care, physical therapy, and much more, using an individualized Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach. If you’re suffering from back spasms or if you’ve recently undergone spinal trauma, reach out to us today to schedule a consultation and appointment.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.