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- Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:33 pm
I'm a reasonably healthy 38-year old male that was involved in a car accident two weeks ago. Someone rear-ended my vehicle at 40mph. I refused treatment at the scene but felt typical signs of a sore back/back strain the next day. A few days laters, I had x-rays at a doctors office. No problems were found to the bones and the doc told me I had signs of routine back strain. My back 'pain' and soreness lasted only a week. However, I have been suffering from constant back spasms or 'twitches' in my lower back about 4 inches above my belt line ever since. I am not experiencing any numbness in my limbs. These twitches are extremely irritating and makes it difficult to sleep at night. I feel them mostly when I lie down or sit at a computer desk. It feels like someone in my lower back is sending morris code. Hard to describe. What is most likely going on here? Many thanks for you time.
| Tom Plamondon PA-C
- Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:49 pm
Low back symptoms (pain, spasms, twitching, stiffness) from a car accident (rear end collision) can last some time despite negative x-ray or MRI. Basically the ligaments and soft tissue and small joints get overstretched or over-strained.
Since there are no neurological symptoms (leg numbness or tingling), this is good sign.
Activity as tolerated, NSAIDS, hot/cold packs and gentle stretching are the mainstays of treatment.
Over time the twitching and stiffness should resolve.