A 48-year-old member asked:
left lower back pain? hope it's just muscle spasm. how can i tell?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Michael Bolesta answered
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: Muscle spasm (painful contraction of a muscle) is a symptom (complain) and can come from many problems. The muscle will feel tight and firm to the touch. It may to sore to the touch and may tighten when it is pushed on.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
Dr. Mark Weston answered
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Tenderness: If deep pressure finds the pain like massage then it is a muscle pain, from deeper structures can't be touched with deep pressure massage muscle pain improves with massage or heat.
Answered on Jan 31, 2015
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