Muscle Spasms

Muscle Spasms and Back Pain

If you have ever suffered from muscle spasms, you know the intense pain they can bring. They can strike out of the blue, even with the gentlest bends or activity in your everyday life. While muscle spasms may be excruciating and inconvenient, they can also be indicative of problems with your back on a larger scale. Like any other pain you may experience, when it starts to occur on a constant and persistent basis, it’s time to see a professional to look into the deeper problems.

Muscle spasms can occur for a variety of reasons. They could be the result of a chronic back pain problem you may only be realizing, the product of a trauma or injury or can even be symptomatic of cases of depression or obesity. Like many symptoms of back pain, it can occasionally be difficult to diagnose the reasons for it. However, a specialist care clinic, such as the Integrated Spine & Sports clinic, will be able to have their team of specialists work with you to determine your specific causes, as well as help develop a plan to help you conquer it.

If you are not sure if you are experiencing muscle spasms, there are a few symptoms to look out for. One of the biggest is sudden, sharp, or acute pain in a certain region of your back. If you have recently had an aching feeling in those muscles or experienced a muscle pull or sprain, a spasm is not an uncommon feeling. While there are medications that can be prescribed for coping with the onset of pain or help to alleviate the initial muscle tightness, back pain is often best managed with a full plan that includes physiotherapy and a holistic approach. While medication can help put you on the right path, it cannot “cure” your back pain.


Our approach to treating back pain

By visiting a back pain specialist clinic such as Integrated Spine & Sports, the professionals there can help individually tailor a program to help both manage your symptoms and work on your recovery.

We offer non-surgical options for the treatment of injuries and medical conditions affecting the back, with an integrative approach that may include:

Back Pain Specialists

Our back pain specialists in Manhattan create custom treatments designed to meet the needs of people suffering from acute pain due to injury, as well as those experiencing chronic conditions affecting the muscles, discs, soft tissue and nerves within the back, cervical spine, and neck.

Our integrative team, consisting of a board-certified physiatrist, chiropractors, and physical therapists, offers comprehensive treatment for acute and chronic back pain treatment in NYC.

Back Pain FAQs

Does Coronavirus (COVID-19) cause back pain?2022-09-22T13:58:32+00:00

Some of the common symptoms of COVID-19 are “aches and pains”. Some patients do experience back pain, especially in the lower back. In some cases, the pain is subtle but constant. In others, it is an intense, pulsating pain, which can radiate down to the legs. If the back pain persists, consult your doctor.

How should I sleep with back pain?2022-09-22T13:58:38+00:00

Generally, the best position to sleep is on your back. Sleeping on one’s back ensures that the spine is in a neutral position, which can help with back pain. You can also put a pillow under your knees, legs, and/or lower back to support the natural curve of the spine. This can minimize lumbar pressure and relieve back pain.

What can I do to relieve my back pain?2022-09-22T13:58:54+00:00

If doing gentle back stretches doesn’t do the trick, then try strengthening your core so your spine isn’t struggling to stay upright. Heat therapy and cold therapy can also work well for pain relief. If your back pain is a result of poor posture or a bad workstation setup, make the necessary changes to avoid back pain in the future.

How do I know if my back pain is serious?2022-09-22T13:59:00+00:00

Your back pain is likely serious if it occurs with any of the following symptoms: numbness in lower body, loss of bladder/bowel control, fever, unexplained weight loss, swelling. In such cases, please consult a physiatrist immediately.

How long does back pain last?2022-09-22T13:59:06+00:00

Short-term (or acute) back pain lasts a few days to a few weeks. This is often the case with back pain, and patients usually recover without medical treatment. Sometimes, it lasts for 12 weeks or longer. This is called chronic back pain, and it can take a while to go away. Medical treatment often helps relieve chronic backpain, so we recommend consulting a physiatrist.

Does acupuncture cure lower back pain?2022-09-22T13:59:18+00:00

Acupuncture provides short-term relief for chronic back pain. Back pain is actually the number 1 reported reason people seek acupuncture. By stimulating the various acupuncture points associated with back pain, parts of the nervous system are also stimulated, which can help provide pain relief.

We provide our patients with an integrated and holistic team approach to getting better.

We provide our patients with an integrated and holistic team approach to getting better.

Conditions Treated

We treat individuals suffering from a variety of acute injuries as well as chronic conditions.

Services & Treatments

Our focus is on promoting healing, restoring function and alleviating pain for patients.

Book an Appointment

We offer two convenient locations for patients: the Upper West Side or Madison Avenue.

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