Why You Get Low Back Spasms
Back pain can often be accompanied by muscle spasms. It can range from a mild discomfort to a sharp pain. You may be wondering, “why do I get muscle spasms in my low back? Are my back spasms serious? How do I stop these painful back spasms?”
Why Do I Get Back Spasms?
Back spasms are a protective mechanism. For example, maybe you hurt yourself while lifting a heavy load. Your body will temporarily see the act of bending over as a threat. The muscles will tighten up (increase their tone) to prevent you from bending over again.
Another common reason for back spasms are tightness of the hip flexor muscles. This is usually associated with an anterior pelvic tilt and excessive arch in the low back. One of the hip flexor muscles, the psoas, attaches to the front of the spinal bones (vertebrae). Our spines want to find stability and if they are being pulled on from the front, then the back muscles will tighten up to counteract that pulling and even out the forces.
Here are some reasons that you could develop back spasms:
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Dr. Brett Dick, PT, DPT