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Causes Lower Back Muscle Spasms
Muscle spasms are typically painful involuntary muscle contracures which can occur in any part of the body, such as the neck, back and legs. There are various causes of muscle spasms such as recent injury or trauma and dehydration. Typically, patients can modify activity, rest, stretch, utilize heat or ice for treatment of muscle spasms. Rarely, patients can also ...Read more
Several things: It could be due to trauma, like whiplash injuries or heavy work. Neck degenerative arthritis can do this. Irritation of some of the small nerves to the neck muscles are a possibility. If it is not getting better, talk to your primary doctor or a specialist who takes care of neck problems. ...Read more
Muscle strain/tear: Over working abdominal wall muscles without properly warming them up by stretching them for example before doing multiple long sets of situps will often result in abdominal wall muscle fatigue with resultant abdominal wall muscle spasms. ...Read more
Multifidus: As to which muscles contribute to low back pain, LBP, many doctors would say the "multifidus". Dr. V. Mooney, Prof of Orthopedics San Diego Med School, showed toned & strong straps of latissimus d. & contralateral gluteus m. support unstable sacroiliac joints, which are complicitous in 13-30% of LBP generation; due to ligament injury. "Superman" yoga pose strengthens this muscle strap mechanism. ...Read more
Nerve impulses: All muscular contraction, be it smooth or skeletal muscle, are initiated by nerve impulses. These can be either voluntary or involuntary, as in muscle spasms. The most likely causes of these involuntary nerve impulses would be nerve root impingement of electolyte imbalance. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Trauma related?: Many possibilities.Get a more detailed answer ›
Lack of circulation: Most muscle spasms will happen after workingout due to the lack of good blood circulation in the muscle. By stretching and doing a lighter workout you should be able to avoid these cramps as you develop new blood vessels. If changing your routine does not remedy the cramping consult your doctor. There are other causes that wll be need to be checked. ...Read more
Nerve damage: If you have unilateral muscle weakness and atrophy there has to be an injury or impingement of the nerve which innervates that part of your leg. A demyelinating process such as MS may also lead to muscle atrophy and weakness unilaterally. Other causes may be trauma to that muscle, prolonged immobilization in a cast, or not weight bearing on the leg can lead to loss of strength and muscle mass. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can muscle spasms or tight muscles in the neck muscles cause random stabbing/shooting pains in back of one side of head?mainly when bending over?
Tight neck muscles: Yes, try some stretching exercises to relax the muscles in your neck. ...Read more
Muscle spasm: Typically if muscles in the cervical and lumbar regions are injured they will go into spasm to protect themselves from further injury this will create the rigidity that the writer describes. The symptoms can be helped with moist heat, muscle relaxants and physical therapy modalities. ...Read more
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
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