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How can one prevent getting a charley horse in your calf muscles?

How can one prevent getting a charley horse in your calf muscles?

Stretching: A "charley horse" in my terminology would be a cramp in the muscle. It can caused by a muscle inbalance of leg muscles in front vs back of the leg, swelling of the muscle and then cutting off the blood supply to the muscle. Apply ice, never heat, to the area. Stretch the muscles. See a physical therapist. ...Read more

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Charley Horse (Definition)

A Charley horse is another name for a muscle spasm. These extremely painful contractions can occur in just about in muscle, though most commonly ...Read more


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Can a "charley horse " cause a pulled muscle? What's the best treatment for "charley horses."

Can a "charley horse " cause a pulled muscle?  What's the best treatment for "charley horses."

Yes it could: But it is not very common. Relief is usually given by either massaging or stretching the foot, ankle or knee in the opposite direction of the spasm. Sport medicine advice suggests that dietary deficiency of potassium, found richly in bananas and many vegetables, is a common cause of these spasms. ...Read more

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What's a good way to treat a charlie horse(leg cramp)?

What's a good way to treat a charlie horse(leg cramp)?

Water & stretches: Are you drinking your 2-3qts of water each day? Do you stretch before you walk your 15 min each day? If not, give it a try. If so, check in with your doc. ...Read more

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How to heal after a charley horse in hamstring?

How to heal after a charley horse in hamstring?

Let it heal: The problem with many of these hamstring injuries is that people return to activity and sports before they are fully healed. A significant injury may take 4-6 weeks to heal the initial treatment is ice, rest and nsaids. You need to gradually return to sports as jogging will be much easier than sprinting.. In general, don't do anything that causes pain in the affected area. Many of these recur. ...Read more

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How can I fix a leg spasm/cramp/charley horse?

How can I fix a leg spasm/cramp/charley horse?

Put your foot: At a 90 degree angle to your leg with moderate pressure until the cramp goes away. This won't stop, it from coming back again. Sometimes quinine is helpful for leg cramps at night. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How can I relieve the "charley horse" kind of cramp?

Several ideas: Most (not all) of these cramps are caused by: exercise without stretching afterward, not drinking enough water during the day, not enough magnesium, calcium or potassium (in that order). If they continue in spite of correcting these, please see your doctor to make sure there is nothing scary going on. But over 95% of muscle cramps respond to correcting these things. ...Read more

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How do a charley horse and calf pain differ?

How do a charley horse and calf pain  differ?

Cramp: A charlie horse is a cramp and pain can be sharp, dull, piercing, or feel like you have injured yourself. The cramping can occur in the muscle and pain can occur on the skin in the bone, tendons or legiments. ...Read more

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How do you stop a charlie horse pain?

How do you stop a charlie horse pain?

Slow steady stretch: A charlie horse is really a localized muscle cramp. Cramps can occur from muscle fatigue, overall dehydration, or direct blunt trauma (thigh contusion/bruise). Simple slow muscle stretching is the quickest most expedient way to "self-treat" a charlie horse/cramp. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a charley horse in my calf?

How to get rid of a charley horse in my calf?

Rub it: Rubbing can help. If it's recurrent, you could have a mineral or vitamin deficiency. Recommend an evaluation for magnesium, potassium, vitamin d, b12, folate and iron levels including ferritin and %iron saturation. ...Read more

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How do I prevent charlie horses?

Charley horse : The best way to prevent a charley horse, or muscle cramp, is to stay well hydrated during and after exercise. Also cool down stretching after exercise can prevent cramping later on. ...Read more

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What can make your muscles cramp up, like a charley horse?

What can make your muscles cramp up, like a charley horse?

Many reasons: Poor blood circulation in the legs overexertion of the calf muscles while exercising insufficient stretching before exercise exercising in the heat muscle fatigue dehydration magnesium and/or potassium deficiency calcium deficiency in pregnant women pinched nerve side effect of some drugs lasix, statin medications donepezil Neostigmine Procardia (nifedipine) proventil and asthma medications. ...Read more

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Can more bananas get rid of charlie horse cramps?

Dehydration issue: Eating a banana is to replace your potassium levels. Low potassium may be one cause for muscle cramping or "charlie horse." most often, dehydration can be the culprit. Drink a glass of water along with the banana. If you have a fever or severe pain, you should contact your doctor. ...Read more

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What might I do to get relief from muscle spasms in my legs (charlie horses)?

What might I do to get relief from muscle spasms in my legs (charlie horses)?

Muscle spasms: There are not always easy solutions, but first be certain you are well hydrated and eat good sources for minerals. This can sometimes mean a problem with calcium but that should be assessed by labs. There are other labs that can be done. Also ok to try magnesium malate in a dose of 200 to 500 mg per day, watching for diarrhea (means too much). ...Read more

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What can I do to treat a charlie horse at night?

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Charlie Horse: Muscle cramps in leg or foot muscles at night usually result from strenuous exercising, hormonal changes, low calcium or potassium, medications, neuropathy or pregnancy. Relief can be obtained thru stretching or massaging the foot, ankle or knee in opposite direction of the spasm, and eating fruits & vegetables rich in potassium such as bananas. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a charley horse in your thigh?

Prevention-Magnesium: Leg cramps are usually due to a magnesium deficiency. I would suggest 400 mg of either magnesium aspartate, magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate, magnesium maleate or magnesium taurate to relieve this problem. Do not waste your time with other forms of magnesium. These are available over the counter. If you take too much magnesium, you will get diarrhea. ...Read more

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How can you prevent a muscle cramp before it happens?

Training: Training and gradually building up the level of exercise is the key. Adequate hydration, stretching before the exercise and warm up will protect against muscle cramp. ...Read more

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How can i get rid of a charley horse quick?

Stretch: When you have a charley horse, stretch it out. This should help. ...Read more