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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 41 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 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 16 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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