Is my Antalgia permanent, or will it go away?
Almost certainly yes, it will go away! Even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time. Please don’t worry. The most common cause of this condition is due to a protective muscle spasm and that usually disappears gradually once the muscles release and the acute inflammation at the site of the injury or strain reduces.
Antalgia is commonly not as severe as it feels or looks
If you have had no major trauma and have no medical symptoms, it is not to be worried about.
It usually settles fully once the back muscles have relaxed.
Whilst Antalgia is considered in the medical world as a temporary state, which is self-righting, just as a boat will right in calm waters or when the load is balanced, there are times when it can be more permanent.
Very occasionally, if the Antalgia is there for a long time and doesn’t settle, the muscles in the spine adapt to the new position or shape which then becomes more ‘normal’ so the distortion in the spine remains, as it does with a scoliosis.
One of the reasons why it is usually best to seek treatment as soon as possible if an Antalgia occurs is to help the muscles rebalance as soon as possible.
Antalgia – Do’s & Don’ts
Do help the muscles to relax, with gentle movement and exercise.
Do seek Chiropractic treatment to help relax the deep muscle spasm and to release stiff joints.
Please Don’t force yourself to try and straighten up!
This might worsen the condition, make it take longer to get right and cause you a lot more pain.
Above all, don’t panic or worry it’s something more serious! It’s usually not.
Other causes of Antalgia
A musculoskeletal spinal strain is the most common cause. Antalgic list or leans however may be due to other conditions such as sciatica, from disc injury, fractures or rarely from other medical conditions such as spinal infections, TB, and Cancer.
Scoliosis a curve in the spine, not antalgia
Scoliosis is a curve from an imbalance in the spine for various reasons. Usually, scoliosis develops as we grow and then remains during our adult life, but is mostly not painful, so cannot really be called Antalgia (even though there is a permanent list or twisting of the spine, like a tree that has grown twisted). In fact, there are very few of us who have perfectly shaped spines, but since they are not painful we are not aware, unless we have an injury…
If you have any doubts, please get in touch with us at the Back Care Clinic as soon as possible.