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  • cotymorris
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    Hi, I was wondering why with my spondy I have muscle spasms from time to time that are difficult to get rid of?
    What would you suggest to treat the muscle spasms/tightness of the low back? Also ways of preventing? A lot of articles say to stretch the low back, but with a spondy its out of the question.

    Thanks

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Spondylolisthesis can develop muscle spasms from instability. The muscles work overtime to stabilize the slip level. Toward the end of the day or with increased activity, the muscles are fatigued and will spasm due to lactic acidosis.

    You are correct in that stretching is generally contraindicated in the treatment of these slips. You want the spine to be more fibrotic (stiff) so that the muscles do not have to work as hard. One of the treatments is strengthening the muscles so that these muscles fatigue at a slower rate under stress. Spasm will still occur under greater load but that time to spasm will be increased.

    Dr. Corenman

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