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Forum Name: Spinal problems and back pain

Question: Back 'twitches' following car accident


 BenThere - 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

User avatar Hello,
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.

Take care.

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