What Do Lower Back Spasms Feel Like?

How long does a back spasm last?

Causes of muscle spasm

This type of soft tissue injury typically heals enough within a week or two for the muscle spasms to stop. If your back spasm does not get better in 1 to 2 weeks, or it comes and goes over time in the same area of your back, you may have an underlying anatomical problem in your spine.

What does a muscle spasm feel like?

What does a muscle spasm feel like? Muscle spasms range in intensity from mild twitches to severe pain. The spastic muscle may feel harder than normal to the touch, and/or appear visibly distorted. It may show visible signs of twitching.

How do you relieve lower back spasms?

To soothe a muscle spasm, press on the affected area for 30–60 seconds, then rub the surrounding area in a circular motion. Firm massage may be uncomfortable, but should not be painful. If you feel a pulse on the area you are massaging, do not apply pressure. Both heat and ice can relieve the pain of a muscle spasm.

What causes muscle spasms in lower back?

Causes of lower back spasms

Back spasms can be the result of injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the back, or they can be related to more serious medical conditions. Heavy lifting is a common cause of back spasms. Back spasms may occur if you have arthritis or a ruptured disc in your spine.