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Spasms can be debilitating for weeks at a time. They appear as a sudden pain in the lower back while twisting, pushing or pulling, often in response to an injury or inflammation of the spinal region. At first it may be possible to continue playing, but after two to three hours spasms start, causing severe pain that gets worse with movement. Rest, stretching exercises and massage can all help settle the muscle, as can prescribed muscle relaxants.
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