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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Muscle Spasm (Overview)

Muscle spasm is a symptom in which a person's muscle or muscles tighten up and stay contracted for longer than they should. Some causes of muscle spasms are nerve problems, muscle problems, injuries, infections, drug side effects, etc...


Dr. Gary Greenly
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What causes muscle spasms?

What causes muscle spasms?

Nerve impulses: All muscular contraction, be it smooth or skeletal muscle, are initiated by nerve impulses. These can be either voluntary or involuntary, as in muscle spasms. The most likely causes of these involuntary nerve impulses would be nerve root impingement of electolyte imbalance. ...Read more

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Muscle Spasm (Overview)

Muscle spasm is a symptom in which a person's muscle or muscles tighten up and stay contracted for longer than they should. Some causes of muscle spasms are nerve problems, muscle problems, injuries, infections, drug side effects, etc...


Dr. Edward Hellman
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Is there one medicine for spasticity and muscle spasms? Associated with neuropathy. Which is recommended??

Is there one medicine for spasticity and muscle spasms? Associated with neuropathy. Which is recommended??

No: There are multiple medications we use for muscle spasticity to varying degrees of help including flexeril, zanaflex, soma, baclofen, Valium, and skelaxin just to name a few. Discuss directly with your doctor what would be best for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Determine cause, if possible
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Try R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
Daily
Ease back into activity. Don't overdo it!
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Consider physical therapy or range-of-motion massage
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Dr. Patrick Connolly
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How can you treat muscle spasms in back?

NSAIDs and exercise: 85% of us will have an episode of back pain at some point in our lives. The treatment is generally non steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, light exercise. Physical therapy and muscle relaxers can also be helpful. The pain generally improves over a few weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for muscle spasm?

It depend: Fortunately, muscle strains usually heal with time in a couple of days or weeks because muscles in the lower back have a good blood supply to bring the necessary nutrients and proteins for healing to take place.If the pain is severe, the patient may be advised to rest, but for no more than one to two days. Pain medications and applying ice or heat may all help alleviate the pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Cervical fusion (6 years ago). For bulging, cervicogenic headache, stenosis. Is it safe? Recommended with laser treatments. Having muscle spasms after

Cervical fusion (6 years ago). For bulging, cervicogenic headache, stenosis. Is it safe? Recommended with laser treatments. Having muscle spasms after

Surgery alone? No: Assuming the diagnosis of cervicogenic headaches (CGH) is accurate then, the best treatment approaches are generally multifaceted and surgery typically is the final added element of any treatment plan. Have you otherwise tried a combination of medication, physical therapy, other non-drug interventions, and neck blocks? If not, then, I recommend you try those first before doing surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Sterling
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What cures muscle spasms that cause a little pain sometimes?

What cures muscle spasms that cause a little pain sometimes?

Heat and stretching: Unless there is some unusual cause for your symptoms, most muscle spasm will respond to conservative treatment. Heat is used to warm up the muscle and reduce spasm and stretching will allow you to make the spasm decrease over time. If you're not responding, see a spine specialist like a physiatrist or orthopedist to see if you might need trigger point injections for more chronic complaints. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Arbit
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How do I get rid of muscle spasm?

Ice and stretching: Muscle spasms can be diminished by gentle stretching and icing. ...Read more

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Dr. Rohit Keswani
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How do I prevent muscle spasms from recurring?

Stretch: Depends on that cause of your muscle spasm, but if there is no specific underlying medical condition (like a stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury etc), then regular stretching of the muscle can be helpful, with moist heat before stretching. Also, in an acute spasms, it can be helpful to alternate ice and heat to break the spasms. Beyond that, certain medications may help, as your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Fisher
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What food avoid having muscle spasm?

What food avoid having muscle spasm?

????: Sorry, your post cannot be understood. Please explain your question IN DETAIL (5 words aren't enough) to a native speaker of English and have that person post your question for you. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


Twisted Muscles (Definition)

Twisted muscles are muscles that spasm and contract spontaneously, ...Read more


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