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What can be done for hamstrings spasm caused due to exercise?

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Shakti Mishra

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At June 28, 2023
Reviewed AtJune 28, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Today, I was lifting light weights on squats. As I went down into a parallel position, my back locked up and immediately began to hurt. I tried other lifts (hyperextensions) to loosen my hamstrings. It felt better at the time, but now I am at home and can barely stand and walk. How can I treat this issue? I have taken Aleve, but my lower back is still spasming and very tight.

Answered by Shakti Mishra

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I went through your case, and what I found is that you must follow some basic stretching exercises with warm-up and cool-down phases to avoid the tightening of muscles. Do warm-up exercises like static jogging, and jumping with hands wide apart. Along with warm-up, 10 minutes of stretching exercises like twisting and turning exercises, with standing and long sitting also. Lie down flat on the mat, bend your knees, and bring your bend knees towards your body. Follow the same position with your legs extended. Put a towel behind the legs and holding the towel with your hands pull the towel towards your body. This will stretch both spine and hams also.

Do cat and camel exercises. Come to your quadruped position, inhale, and try to put your spine down and head up, then exhale and try to pull up the speaking curve with your head down. Repeat this 10 to 15 times. It can be done before and after workout sessions. Apply a hot pack if possible to decrease the soreness twice daily. Go for a physiotherapy session which should include mobilization of the spine and manipulation with TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), 15 minutes at 80 hertz.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Shakti Mishra
Shakti Mishra

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