Muscle Spasms & Spinal Stenosis
Category: Spine Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: March 13, 2015
Muscle spasms are annoying and painful. Patients with spinal stenosis often report painful muscle spasms in the back and elsewhere. In this article, we will talk about how to treat muscle spasms caused by spinal stenosis, or those that crop up after a minimally invasive spine surgery.
Causes of Muscle Spasms & Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows, pinching nerves, and causing pain in the process. Muscle spasms are a common symptom in patients who suffer from stenosis. When spinal stenosis causes an impingement of the spinal nerves, spasms can result. If stenosis is left untreated, it has the potential to cause permanent nerve damage, paralysis, and severe pain (in addition to muscle spasms). As a result, spinal stenosis should be identified and treated as soon as possible. If you experience any numbness, pain, or muscle spasms in the low back, buttocks, or legs, make an appointment with your medical provider as soon as possible.
How to Treat Muscle Spasms & Stenosis
Massage therapy is a great non-invasive treatment option for patients suffering from muscle spasms related to their spine condition. There are numerous types of massage techniques that can reduce back pain and tension from spasms. Make sure you visit a qualified massage therapist for these treatments. Your surgeon will be able to recommend a trusted massage therapist for treatment.
Injection therapy may also be a viable option to reduce the frequency and intensity of muscle spasms in the back. Minimally invasive spinal surgery is another treatment option. This may be the best option if the spinal nerves are being severely threatened. Surgery can free up the nerves, reduce pain, and prevent permanent nerve damage.
Spinal stenosis is a complex spinal condition, and there are several options for treatment. Talk to your physician about all the treatment options available to you and make an informed decision about your care.