Friday, January 30, 2015

Ouch! Another @#$%% back spasm....

Hi friends, Dr. Chris Renne here again to talk to you about dealing with muscle spasms in your back. Yowch! Sounds painful, right?

Virtually everyone will experience back pain due to muscle spasms at some point in their life. While this can be painful, in most cases it is also entirely natural and with appropriate care and rest it will heal within a week or two.

Muscle spasms are the result of protective mechanisms within the muscles themselves. When your muscles sense that they are being extended too far or too quickly, they react by contracting. This can hurt a lot, but it actually prevents the muscle from experiencing worse damage such as tearing. The good news is that with appropriate rest and intervention from a medical professional your body should have no problem recovering from a normal spasm quickly, usually within one to two weeks.

In some cases, though, you might find that you experience muscle spasms that recur frequently, even when you’ve been treating your muscles well. This could be an indicator of a deeper underlying problem.

For example, pain originating from a ruptured or herniated disc in your spine could cause instinctive spasms in the surrounding muscles. These spasms aren’t caused by anything you are doing physically to your body, but with a problem in your spine! If you take a hot bath it might temporarily relax the contracted muscles, but as soon as you get out and start moving around again the spasms will return, because the underlying problem is still there.

That is why it is so important that your chiropractor or physical medicine provider address the underlying cause of your back spasm instead of just treating the symptoms. Unless the real problem is evaluated, discovered and treated the spasms will likely keep coming back.

If you are suffering from back pain, get it checked soon. If you happen to live here in Jacksonville, Florida, my team at Active Medical & Chiropractic can help. If it’s a temporary issue, like ordinary back spasms, we can make sure you know how to take care of your injured muscles and get you on the road to speedy healing. If there is a deeper problem, we are well-equipped to find the underlying cause and address it.

You don’t have to live with the pain, and in fact this may only make it worse! Give us a call today to schedule an appointment at (904) 398-4860. Feel free to email questions to

Yours in health,

Chris Renne, D.C.

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