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A 43-year-old member asked:

What causes a charlie horse and how can i prevent it?

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 39 years experience
Minor injury: If you have a minor bruise, contusion or strain in a muscle it will bleed into the affected area. This will lead to some swelling and discomfort you may even get some black and blue and other nice colors i would recommend ice, nsaids and gentle stretching until your symptoms resolve.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How do I prevent charlie horses?

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Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Ermananswered
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Stretching: Stretching before and after physical activity, appropriate cool-down period after activity, and maintaining good hydration.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Scared to exercise because of charlie horses. What can I do to prevent them?

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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Charlie horses: Stretch adequately before, durin, and after your exercise. Stay well hydrated. Eat a banana or orange. These tips can less charlie horses.
A 44-year-old female asked:

What should I do for a really bad charlie horse in my leg? How can I prevent them?

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Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 14 years experience
Hmm: Do these spontaneously occur or from trauma? If you are having sudden tightness, redness, or pain from your calf or behind the knee, you may want to get checked for a blood clot. If it's from trauma or exercise, hydration and stretching with ice and possible antiinflammatory medication will help.

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