Ouch! My back has gone into spasm

4 Simple Steps to take when you find yourself in pain

By Chiropractor Matthew Clifton Hadley


There is nothing more disconcerting than to be moving normally one minute and the next – OUCH! Your back has gone into spasm.

Unfortunately this is something which can happen to most of us and when it does happen it can be quite frightening.

The reason why your back can suddenly ‘go’ can be put down to a multitude of different reasons, the majority of which can be fixed quite quickly.

The most important thing is not to panic.

There are 4 easy steps that you can try to ease the pain:

1- Keep moving!  This will prevent the joints and muscles from seizing up too much.  You do not want to spend more than 30 minutes in one position.  Although this may be painful it will NOT do the back any damage.

2- Use icepacks, ideally a gel based ice pack from the freezer.  If you don’t have one of these a pack of peas can also do a good job.  Next, wrap the ice pack in a tea towel and put it onto the sore area for 20 minutes.  Now leave it off for an hour and then repeat.

This can be done throughout the first 24 hours.

3- Over the counter pain relief.  You need to be taking an anti-inflammatory and a painkiller if needed.  You should consult your GP or pharmacist if you need any more information about medication.

4- See a practitioner that understands backs. The quicker you get your pain problem looked at, the easier it is to help you get you up and about, find the cause of the problem and help to avoid any recurrences.

The above are the four simple steps to take if you suddenly find yourself with acute neck pain, acute low back pain or sciatica.   At the Waldegrave Clinic you will find a reputable team of chiropractors  and physiotherapists .  You can read our patient reviews here

To book an appointment – or to speak with one of our chiropractors or physiotherapists – please call 020 8943 2424 – we are here to help.

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