Involuntary, painful shortening of muscles. Usually, a knotting of the muscles is visible.


... A charley horse is the common name for a muscle spasm, especially in the leg. Muscle spasms can occur in any muscle in the body. When a muscle is in spasm, it contracts without your control and does not relax. ...
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Muscle Cramps Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... Signs and symptoms of a muscle cramp include: Sudden and sharp muscle pain (spasm, contraction), often in your legs A hard lump of muscle tissue visible beneath your skin
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... Overuse of a muscle, dehydration, injury, muscle strain or simply holding a position for prolonged periods of time may result in a muscle cramp. Athletes who become fatigued and dehydrated while parti...
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Muscle Cramps Prevention

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... These steps may help prevent cramps: Avoid dehydration. Drink plenty of liquids daily. The exact amount depends on what you eat, your gender, your level of activity, the weather, your health, your age...
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Muscle Cramps Treatment

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... You can usually treat muscle cramps with self-care measures. Your doctor can discuss with you stretching exercises that can help you reduce your chances of getting muscle cramps. Making sure you drink...
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... If you have a cramp, these actions may provide relief: Stretch and massage. Stretch the cramped muscle and gently rub it to help it relax. For a calf cramp, put your weight on your cramped leg and ben...
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