Why Muscle Spasms Are Not Your Problem

Low Back Pain and Muscle Spasms

You wake up in the morning and your low back is very tight making it difficult to move. You try getting up to move around hoping it will calm down. That just seems to make it more painful. You try some light stretching and it feels good so you start pushing it more and the spasm gets worse. What do you do? Why is this happening?

The Most Common Reason For Low Back Muscle Spasms

Tightness and pain in the morning, as described above, is a very common occurrence. It is estimated that 80% of Americans will have back pain at some point in their life. Muscle spasms are involuntary contractions of the muscle causing intense tightening in an area. While the pain and discomfort from muscle spasms are not to be taken lightly, it's important to understand that muscle spasms themselves are not the actual problem. Muscle spasms are produced by your body as a protective mechanism. They are present to prevent you from performing specific movements that will load a damaged area.

The most common reason for low back (or neck) muscle spasms is a disc injury. Artificially removing the spasm (through things like muscle relaxers) can actually be dangerous and lead to further injury. When you are diagnosed with muscle spasms or acute tight muscles, listen to your body and rest the area. Fighting the symptoms will only make the underlying problem worse.

Finding a doctor in Bloomington specializing in muscle pain treatment who will investigate the cause of the muscle spasm and work to fix it is a critical step towards improving your health. At Bloomington Sports & Wellness we do just that. We work to accurately diagnose the reason for the spasm and come up with the best game plan to get you in better health.

Call our office directly at 812-323-7432 to schedule an appointment to treat your lower back pain. 

Ryan Pribble