Thursday, May 22, 2008 Mary, Community Member, asks

Q: Have a torn disc in lower back

I have a torn disc in my lower back and am living with chronic pain. Today I have severe muscle spasms behind my left thigh. How can I relieve the pain?

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
5/26/08 9:28am

I trust your doctor is treating you for chronic pain from your torn disc and you are asking how to relieve the pain from the muscle spasm.  There are a number of different techniques recommended for relieving muscle spasms.  Try moist heat for no more than 20 minutes at a time.  (Leaving heat on too long can do more harm than good.)  Then gently massage the painful area, stretching the muscle using long, flowing strokes.  Another suggestion is to alternate moist heat and cold packs – again no more than 20 minutes for each.  The cold packs help with pain and inflammation while the moist heat loosens the muscle and improves circulation to it. 

Hope this helps.


Here are some other links on pain management that might be useful:

Using Tylenol Responsibly

Let’s Talk Pain Meds

What You Didn’t Know About Pain Meds


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By Mary, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/01/14, First Published: 05/22/08