4 doctors weighed in:
What is the difference between a muscle spasm and a muscle cramp?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Amir Khan
Sports Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Spasm vs cramp
Muscles in our body contract and relax consciously and unconsciously.
A muscle that involuntarily contracts without our consciously willing it is called a "spasm." if the muscle maintains a sustained "spasm", it becomes a cramp, as can be seen with exercise. The muscle cramp is thus an involuntarily and forcibly contracted muscle that does not relax despite our desire to relax the muscle.

In brief: Spasm vs cramp
Muscles in our body contract and relax consciously and unconsciously.
A muscle that involuntarily contracts without our consciously willing it is called a "spasm." if the muscle maintains a sustained "spasm", it becomes a cramp, as can be seen with exercise. The muscle cramp is thus an involuntarily and forcibly contracted muscle that does not relax despite our desire to relax the muscle.
Dr. Amir Khan
Dr. Amir Khan
Thank
Dr. Victor Khabie
Sports Medicine
In brief: Cramp more intense
Spasm comes on gradual and less intense.
Cramps are very intense and come on suddenly. Cramps are extremely painful.

In brief: Cramp more intense
Spasm comes on gradual and less intense.
Cramps are very intense and come on suddenly. Cramps are extremely painful.
Dr. Victor Khabie
Dr. Victor Khabie
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Warren Strudwick
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
26 years in practice
490K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors