10 Feb Muscle Spasms & Spine Surgery
Most people have experienced a muscle spasm to some extent in the past. There are many potential reasons why you may be experiencing spasms. In this article, we are going to look at the possible causes of muscle spasms before and after spine surgery, and talk about the various treatment methods available to patients.
What are Muscle Spasms?
First of all, let’s talk about what exactly a muscle spasm is. In simple terms, a muscle spasm occurs when one of your muscles moves involuntarily (without your intent). Muscle spasms can impact any muscle group in the body and may be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Insufficient stretching before exercising
- Deficiencies of magnesium
- Poor blood circulation
- Pinched nerves from a bulging spinal disc or spine injury
Most muscle spasm episodes subside without treatment given a short amount of time. However, if the spasms are the result of an issue with the spinal nerves, treatment will likely be necessary to resolve the spasms in the long run and prevent any additional complications.
When to See a Doctor
If your muscles spasms persist for a long period of time (over the course of several weeks for example), or if your spasms get increasingly worse, make an appointment with your physician as soon as possible. Your doctor will do a thorough physical examination and possibly order imaging tests to narrow down a diagnosis. If the spasms are caused by nerve issues in the spine, a minimally invasive spinal surgery procedure to free up any pinched nerves or associated degenerative disc damage may be the best course of treatment. The procedures pioneered by Inspired Spine offer tiny incisions, short operating and recovery times, and best of all – less pain for the patient. Contact us for more information about Inspired Spine’s revolutionary spine procedures.