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Old 02-21-2011, 09:09 PM   #1
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Unhappy Severe Muscle Spasms after spinal fusion

With my first two level lumbar spinal fusion in June I struggled with major muscle spasms of my lower back for over six months. There was a hardware issue and I went back in January for a re-do of the first spinal fusion surgery. The spasms are insane now. On Zanaflex, Flexeril and Robaxin and still fight them daily. The pain often brings me to tears and will stop me in my tracks. Sleep is almost impossible due to new back pain from the surgery and full body jerks which kick the spasms into gear and the pain to follow directly after! I almost fear sleep now.

My question is; has anyone heard of a technique used in physical therapy to get the muscles to change their behavior? The therapist will twist you up and get the muscles to spasm in your back, then slap something like your leg. The shock of the unexpected hit stops the spasm and helps the muscles to retrain themselves to their new position. It kind of makes sense to me, but I can't find any information on this technique. Any info would be greatly appreciated.:
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