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Kevin Garnett has been suffering from recurring back spasms, which has left him out of the Nets last two games. Garnett is nearing the end of his career and has generally been held out of most games the Nets have played after playing the night before. He is averaging 6.7 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game this season, which is a career low.

Back spasms can be a very hard thing for any type of athlete to deal with, because it is almost impossible to pin point when the symptoms will come and go. It is very important to apply ice once the spasms begin. Apply it on for 20 minutes, then off for 90 and then back on for 20. Follow this pattern for up to 2 days.

The patient suffering from back spasms would feel a sudden pain during exercise. At first you would be able to continue exercising or playing the sport, but after a few hours the bleeding in the muscles would stretch the muscle and tendons, rendering the patient unable to move without pain. Any type of pain in the back would get significantly worse with any type of movement.

If treatment using ice and compression is unsuccessful, many patients generally try a wide variety of things to deal with the pain. Among them are: Anti-inflammatory medicine, muscle relaxants and pain management injections. It is important to see a doctor once the pain lasts longer than 2 days.

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