A 32-year-old female asked:
what is the difference between muscle spasms and muscle cramps? i have cervical spondylosis and i call it spasms. accurate?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Deborah Wong answered
33 years experience Family Medicine
No: You are referring to 3 different diagnoses, tho they are related. Muscles spasms are intermittent as in on and off. A cramp is unrelenting that is constant w/o intermittent relief. Both can be caused by spondylosis, which is a type of dislocation of the vertebra in the spine, putting strain and tension on ligaments and tendons, which leads to the mucsular pain. Txs are avalable. Talk to your dr.
Answered on Mar 16, 2017
Dr. Thomas Dowling answered
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
No: A muscle spasm is usually a significant involuntary muscle contraction with palpable trigger points while a muscle cramp is a muscular pain generally not as intense that may involve some muscle fibers spasming but at a lower intensity. Either can be generated by a cervical spondylosis or that degenerative change or spondylosis may be an incidental finding on imaging unrelated to muscle symptoms.
Answered on Jul 14, 2019
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