Back Spasm – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Guess offers treatment for various orthopedic conditions causing back pain. The Carrollton, TX, based spine surgeon specializes in treating conditions such as fractures, sports injuries, back spasms, etc.

Back Spasm

Sudden involuntary muscle contractions are medically termed as spasms. Back spasm is a common ailment that can occur in people irrespective of age or gender. It may occur in response to an external factor or as a symptom of an underlying physical condition. Back spasms are generally curable with conservative methods but if the underlying cause is serious, they may result in permanent nerve damage and disability over the time.

Causes Of Back Spasm

  • Injury to any part of the spine
  • Overuse of the back muscles causes stress
  • Inherent weakness
  • Strain caused to a ligament, muscle nerve or tendon. Under these conditions, the muscles contract in order to respond and protect themselves from the stimulus
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Osteoarthritis of the spinal cord
  • Lifting heavy weights
  • Strenuous sports activities or exercises
  • Dehydration and lack of minerals in the body
  • Stone in gall bladder or kidney
  • Spinal Tumor

Symptoms Of Back Spasm

  • Pain which gets flared up after an activity
  • Sudden twitch or tightness in the back
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Inability to bend and lift objects
  • Tenderness
  • Some people may experience numbness in one part of the spine or legs
  • Weakness
  • Change in gait
  • Loss of sensation, uncontrolled bladder movement, giddiness etc., in severe cases

Diagnosis Of Back Spasm

  • Detailed clinical evaluation of the spine and limbs
  • Evaluation of the patient’s symptoms, medical history, family history and daily routine
  • X-ray imaging may be done to assess the changes in bone structure
  • MRI and CT scan may be required to analyze soft tissue damage
  • Some physical tests may be carried out to check for loss of motion and positions that aggravate pain

Treatment For Back Spasm

  • It is important to take sufficient rest to allow the muscles to relax. Therefore no strenuous activity should be done till the symptoms subside
  • Cryotherapy may help to reduce inflammation
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines may be prescribed to relieve pain
  • The patient may be advised to rest in a slightly inclined position and the knees can be supported by placing a pillow underneath
  • Prolonged period of resting is not recommended. The patient must take short walks frequently to avoid stiffness and loss of strength in muscles
  • Heat pads can be used for relief
  • Regular sessions of physiotherapy may be recommended to prevent recurrent flare ups
  • Wearing a removable back brace for support
  • In case the spasm occurs due to an orthopedic condition, surgical intervention may be required to rectify the problem. These may include surgical fusion of the spinal vertebrae or removal of damaged disc/bone parts.

For treatment of back spasm or any other orthopedic condition, schedule an appointment with the spine surgeon - Dr. James Allen Guess. For more information, call at (972) 492 - 1334.