Lumbar Muscle Spasm

Back spasms can be the result of injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the back or it can be related to more serious medical conditions. Heavy lifting is a common cause of back spasms. Any activity that puts excessive strain on the muscles and ligaments in the lower back can cause an injury. Sports like football and golf can lead to back spasms because they demand that the back turn suddenly and repeatedly. Your back muscles may be more vulnerable if you have weak abdominal muscles, as they help support the back. Weak or stiff muscles in the back itself can be injured more easily than muscles that are stronger and more limber. Back spasms may occur if you have arthritis or a ruptured disk in your spine.

Common symptoms of a lumbar muscle spasm include fatigue, dehydration and pain.

Treatment options for a lumbar muscle spasm include, applying ice and heat, anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone injections and physical therapy.