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A back spasm is a sudden involuntary contraction of the back muscles usually caused by heavy lifting, strain, overuse or weakness. Spasms can be extremely painful sending even the toughest folks to the ER. The pain usually stays in one area but other muscle groups such as in the buttocks and legs may get tight and sore as they respond to the stress of a spasm. Imaging such as X-ray and MRI are rarely ordered when spasms are suspected. Treatment can include rest, medication (muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories and pain meds), heat or ice - although ice is recommended to reduce swelling. Most people do eventually feel better once the spasm resolves, however spasms tend to become more frequent and intense if no action is taken. Physical therapy will guide you through a comprehensive strength training and stretching routine to increase strength, flexibility, minimizing your pain and allowing you to resume normal function. Having a stronger back and core can significantly reduce your risk for having future episodes.