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How can you treat muscle spasms in back?

How can you treat muscle spasms in back?

NSAIDs and exercise: 85% of us will have an episode of back pain at some point in our lives. The treatment is generally non steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, light exercise. Physical therapy and muscle relaxers can also be helpful. The pain generally improves over a few weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Muscle Spasm (Definition)

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


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How can you treat a pulled muscle in my upper arm?

How can you treat a pulled muscle in my upper arm?

Ice it 1st 48 hrs: And baby the arm. Then heat or ice after. Use Ibuprofen or naproxen, and/or a muscle relaxant for pain. Starting using the arm more like normal after 1st 2 days, gradually if possible. Avoid the activity that pulled the muscle! ...Read more

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How to sleep with a upper back spasm?

How to sleep with a upper back spasm?

However is : Comfortable generally avoiding sleeping on your stomach for neck or back issues. Some prefer having a pillow under their knees or a large pillow to use and hold if lying on either side with a relatively flat pillow to support the head keeping it in line with the shoulders. Use of otc medication if no medical reasons not to use them can help. If symptoms persist or worsen, see a physician. ...Read more

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What would cause spasms in upper back and shoulder blade?

What would cause spasms in upper back and shoulder blade?

Most common cause --: Is a sprain of ligaments in the back, strain of the shoulder blade muscles, pinched nerve from the spine, etc. See your doc.. ...Read more

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What can I do for lower back muscle spasms?

What can I do for lower back muscle spasms?

Rest: Rest, ice and gentle stretching. If not effective, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Severe neck and upper back pain. Tips on how to treat this?

Start PCP: Start with your primary care physician. Depending on the history and physical they may refer you for additional diagnostics such as x-rays or an mri. The next step is usually an orthopedic specialist. Conservative care usually involves modalities (heat/ice/ultrasound), gentle physical therapy and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to treat back pain in my ribs?

How to treat back pain in my ribs?

See your doctor: These symptoms require a thorough evaluation to find out what's going on and what can be done for you. ...Read more

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How to heal muscle tears in the upper back ?

How to heal muscle tears in the upper back ?

Posture & strengthen: Sounds like you are suffering from myofascial pain. Freshly strained muscle needs time and rest, and take caution not to overstretch the affected area-- this means pay very close attention to your posture (esp sitting, driving, sleeping). Then begin gentle strengthening of the scapular retractor muscles. Use good biomechanics with any lifting, which could reinjure you. Maintain good posture. ...Read more

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How to treat a pulled muscle in back side of leg?

First 72 hrs,ice 20: 20min every 4hrs, then alternate heat with ice.Gentle stretching, not min q 4 hrs, gentle stretch, no bouncing.Antiinflamatories or Tylenol (acetaminophen) ok for pain.Resume walking slowly, always gently warm up, stationary bike is good.If not slowly improving over 2 wks, or have a set back, see ur doc. ...Read more

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How to treat a back spasm?

How to treat a back spasm?

Time, heat, rest and: Otc medication like tylenol (acetaminophen) as well as nsaids if no medical reasons not to use them . Massage may help as can acupuncture. Otherwise , if there is no resolution after a few days, then you may need an evaluation for a diagnosis and treatment specific to that diagnosis (like a diac herniation) with possible pt, medication, injections. Tens unit, etc. ...Read more

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What can I do to soothe muscle pain in the back and arms?

What can I do to soothe muscle pain in the back and arms?

See your doctor: These symptoms require a thorough evaluation to find out what's going on and what can be done for you. ...Read more

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What to do for sever pain from a muscle spasm in neck and shoulder?

What  to do for sever pain from a muscle spasm in neck and shoulder?

Osteopathic Exam: For pain from neck/shoulder 'spasm,' most available treatments are symptomatic.If you've had many tests-lumbar puncture, MRI, etc. which haven't found the 'cause' but have ruled out serious disease, a good history & osteopathic hands-on exam can often find the cause: usually rib or spine malfunction. Manipulation can often fix it.Rarely, neuropathic pain is cause.Neuroprolotherapy may help. ...Read more

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Would muscle spasms in shoulder and upper back and shoulder cause stinging pain in neck when i try to stretch , sleep. Dr. : stress and back spasm?

Would muscle spasms  in shoulder and upper back and shoulder cause stinging pain in neck when i try to stretch , sleep. Dr. : stress and back spasm?

Possibly: Yes it could, but so could other more serious issues like a pinched nerve in the neck. Even if it is a muscle spasm, the more important question is what is the cause for e spasms. Are you over working them or is it compensatory response to a more serious injury in the neck. Bottom line- go get checked out. ...Read more

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How should I address the pain in my upper back muscle?

How should I address the pain in my upper back muscle?

See below: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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Why do people usually get muscle spasms in neck and back pain?

Why do people usually get muscle spasms in neck and back pain?

Muscle spasms: Muscle spasms are a way the body lets you know that your muscles are either deconditioned or overused. If you have spine issues, muscle spasms can develop from the muscles being fatigued from having to help support a diseased spine. I.E: someone who suppers from degenerative disc disease, facet arthropathy or spondylolithesis, can complain of muscle spasms. Always important to tell your doctor. ...Read more

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How to get rid of muscle spasm in neck?

How to get rid of muscle spasm in neck?

Rest, ice: Usually the best thing to do is rest the area and use ice to decrease the spasm. For more difficult cases, other treatments including physical therapy, massage, muscle relaxants and trigger point injections can help. ...Read more

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How can I relieve whiplash pain in the neck and back muscles?

Whiplash: This is a common injury follow car accidents. You need to first make sure there is no signs of fracture or displacement on your vertebrae by an imaging study. This is usually done if you are brought to the er, but can be ordered as an outpatient. If scans are negative then the injury is likely muscular and should get better over time with physical therapy and pain management. ...Read more

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What could lead to muscle spasms in the throat?

What could lead to muscle spasms in the throat?

Laryngospasm: Thraoat spasms can occur if a pt aspirates or inhales something other than air . Usually the symptoms are short lived . Persistent symptoms may require inhaled Epinephrine or systemic epi and steroids. Prompt ENT eval is indicated for persistent symptoms. ...Read more

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What can result in muscle spasms in your buttocks?

Low back nerve root : Spinal nerve root irritation always causes muscle spasms. If the pain is primarily due to nerve damage, there are symptoms of pins and needles, numbness, burning, shooting and sharp pains. If the pain is due to nerve irritation with predominant muscle spasm, the pain is usually aching, cramping, dull, and the muscles are stiff and tight.You will need to be evaluated by your family doctor and a. ...Read more

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What exercise can you do to stop a muscle spasm in the lower back and hip area when acute onset occurs.

What exercise can you do to stop a muscle spasm in the lower back and hip area when acute onset occurs.

Stretch: Sounds like piriformis syndrome. Hard to describe the stretches. Go on-line and search stretching or physical therapy for piriformis tightness or syndrome. If that doesn't help, seek a medical evaluation. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

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