What would cause a muscle spasm?
At one point or another, you’ve probably had a corked muscle, also known as a muscle spasm, and you wondered where it came from. Muscle spasms tend to occur when a muscle is overworked or injured, according to the Australian Government Department of health. For example, you’re likely to experience leg spasms when you’re running or hiking long distances.
Although the occasional muscle spasm is relatively normal, sometimes they can be a cause for concern. How do you know when you should seek medical attention? We spoke with several doctors who explain the several causes of muscle spasms and when you should get help immediately.
You worked yourself too hard
Your muscles can only do so much before they say, nope, you’ve gone too far. Though there are often good remedies for muscle pain relief, sometimes you need something more. Muscle spasms, whether in your back, leg, or neck, can be from a muscle that’s overworked while doing strenuous or repetitive movements like gardening, cleaning, or holding a baby. “Muscles get fatigued and sore and you’ll experience a spasm,” says chiropractor, Dr Robert Hayden. Rest, ice (to numb the pain) or heat (to relax the muscle), and even a gentle massage may help ease the pain.
A disc may be at fault
A back spasm can be pretty uncomfortable and tough to diagnose. According to Dr Robert Graham, if the spasm lasts more than three days and is very painful or is aggravated by coughing or sneezing, it may be a disc issue. These spongy cushions that sit between the vertebrae in your back can bulge and press on nerves. Also, watch out for pain that radiates down your legs or is accompanied by numbness or tingling. In those instances, you want to get to your doctor for further investigation.