Spastic Pain caused by Physical Examination

What is Spastic Pain?

Spastic Pain is a type of chronic, burning, cramping or aching pain that is often caused by physical examinations such as X-rays, MRI, blood drawing, palpations, or intramuscular injections. It has been known to cause extreme discomfort, fatigue and even insomnia for some patients. Spastic pain is often brought on by a combination of both pressure and tension from the physical examination. It can also be caused by an overly compressed muscle due to the physical examination.

Causes of Spastic Pain

Physical examinations create a need for pressure to be applied in order to accurately diagnose the condition. This pressure can cause discomfort, and if the pressure is not monitored appropriately or the patient is not properly prepared for the examination it can lead to spastic pain. Additionally, the use of certain tools such as needles, catheters, probes, and lasers can cause further distress. If the pressure is too strong or if the examination takes too long, it can lead to spastic pain.

Symptoms of Spastic Pain

The most common symptom of spastic pain is a dull, aching sensation in the area receiving pressure or examination. Other symptoms may include:

  • Burning sensations
  • Stiffness
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Cramping
  • Muscle spasms
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia

Treating Spastic Pain

One of the best ways to reduce spastic pain is to ensure that the patient is properly prepared for the physical examination. Pre-examination warm-ups help relax the target muscles, while cooling down exercises can help reduce stress in the area. Additionally, applying heat or cold compresses can help reduce some of the discomfort before the examination begins. When the physical examination is underway, a doctor or technician should continually monitor the patient's comfort level and adjust the pressure accordingly. Stretching and rest after the examination can also help reduce discomfort.


Spastic pain is a type of chronic pain that is caused by physical examinations. It is best to ensure that the patient is adequately prepared for the examination in order to reduce discomfort. If the pain does not subside, it is advised that patients seek out medical assistance in order to prevent further damage or injury.