What other symptoms might occur with a back spasm?

Back spasm may accompany other symptoms that vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the back may also involve other body systems.

Musculoskeletal symptoms that may occur along with a back spasm

Back spasm may accompany other symptoms affecting the musculoskeletal system including:

  • Backache
  • Buttock or hip pain
  • Curvature of the spine
  • “Foot drop” (feeling of the foot slapping the ground; caused by leg weakness)
  • Muscle weakness or strain
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Pain, numbness or tingling in one leg or buttock
  • Shoulder or arm pain
  • Stiffness in the spine

Neurologic symptoms that may occur along with a back spasm

Back spasm may accompany symptoms related to the nervous system including:

  • Headache, particularly in the back of the head
  • Nerve problems that cause pain, numbness or tingling in an arm, buttock, shoulder or leg
  • Sciatica (a shooting pain down the full extent of the back of one leg)

Symptoms that might indicate a serious condition

In some cases, back spasm may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care if you, or someone you are with, have back spasm along with other serious symptoms including:

  • Abnormal sensations, numbness, or weakness on one side of the body
  • Impaired balance and coordination
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Loss of sensation in a limb or limbs
  • Muscle weakness in the arms or legs

What is a back spasm?

A back spasm is a sudden and involuntary contraction, or uncontrollable tightening, of a muscle in response to strain, overuse, weakness, or muscle pain related to injury or a disorder. Back spasms often occur near the spinal cord or near the nerve roots that lead in and out of the spinal cord. This can put pressure on one of these sensitive nerves, causing quite severe pain.

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What causes a back spasm?

It is common for muscle spasms to occur when you are exerting a lot of energy or straining, such as while performing heavy lifting, working out, or engaging in a strenuous sports activity. You are especially prone to muscle spasms if you are doing any of these activities when you have not hydrated yourself sufficiently first, if your stores of potassium or calcium are low, or if you have other ... Read more about back spasmcauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Jul 30, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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