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how long do muscle spasms usually last?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
18 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: That depends....A muscle spasm may last a few seconds in the face or arms, but could last much longer in the back. Usually though the spasm is short-lived but the resulting inflammation causes pain for much longer. Alternating hot/cold, staying hydrated, taking anti-inflammatory meds, stretching, and massage can all help.
Answered on Sep 21, 2018
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Dr. Frank Holmes
22 years experience Sports Medicine
Seconds to a few min: Muscle spams tend to be brief and intermittent. They are rarely the primary problem, but the body's inefficient way of trying to protect an injured or dysfunctional area. An example would be low back spasms in the setting if a disc herniation.
Answered on Oct 11, 2019
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