You Must Be This Old to Writhe: When Do Crippling Back Spasms Occur?

You Must Be This Old to Writhe: When Do Crippling Back Spasms Occur?

How old are most people with crippling back spasms? Find out the common ages when people suffer back pain and the common causes at any age.

From fighting the flu to chronic back pain, our bodies seem to fight against us the older we get. Back pain is no exception to the ailments that come with aging, but when do we start dealing with crippling back spasms?

We’re not talking about a twinge of pain if you bend over the wrong way. A stop-you-in-your-tracks back spasm comes on suddenly and can put you down on the floor in a matter of seconds. Young people don’t seem to deal with this kind of back problem, but the older we get, we seem more prone to our backs “going out on us.”

Is there an average age when we can expect to deal with crippling back spasms? Let’s find out.

What is Back Spasm?

When your back is “in spasm,” the muscles in your back suddenly and involuntarily contract. Some spasms are mild, causing only temporary discomfort. Other spasms can be severe with severe, sharp, and sudden pain that makes it difficult to move.

Heavy lifting, prolonged inactivity, or poor posture can lead to back spasms. In other cases, damage around the spine can lead to misalignment and back pain. Arthritis in neck or lower back areas of the spine can lead to muscle spasms. You can read more about low back pain and lumbago here.

When Will It Happen?

In young adults, back pain is most commonly a result of activity or injury. Playing sports, over-training, or lifting heavy objects can cause back pain and spasms.

As you get older, you are more likely to experience back pain. If you’re approaching the age of forty and you notice your back is more stiff and achy than it used to be, you’re not alone! It’s a natural part of aging.

As painful as it can be, it’s not uncommon for adults to experience severe back spasms near the age of sixty or older. A sudden movement the wrong way or merely bending over to hug a child can send your back into spasm.

What Do I Do?

Most back pain is a symptom of how the alignment in your back, neck, or hips changes as you age. However, if you also experience fever, incontinence, numbness or tingling, or sudden weight loss along with your back pain, consult a doctor. Your back pain could be a symptom of something more serious.

When you experience a back spasm, try massaging the area for 30-60 seconds to help provide relief. Heat or ice can also reduce pain. Over the counter pain relievers often help, as well.

Your doctor can also prescribe a strong NSAID or muscle relaxer if your back spasms last several hours or days.

Crippling Back Spasms Are Part of Aging

Crippling back spasms are a way of life as you age, but there’s no reason to let them sideline you from experiencing life. Consult your doctor if you suffer from frequent back spasms and your at-home remedies don’t offer relief.

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