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How do I prevent charlie horses?

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Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Dr. Gregory Harvey
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Dr. Douglas McNeill
Family Medicine

In brief: Stretching

Stretching a muscle slowly will help reduce muscle spasm (charlie horse).
This can reduce how often this happens or shorten the painful episode. Make sure your doctor has checked for poor blood flow. The burning pain from this could easily be mistaken for charlie horse--treatment is much different. If you smoke, stop.

In brief: Stretching

Stretching a muscle slowly will help reduce muscle spasm (charlie horse).
This can reduce how often this happens or shorten the painful episode. Make sure your doctor has checked for poor blood flow. The burning pain from this could easily be mistaken for charlie horse--treatment is much different. If you smoke, stop.
Dr. Douglas McNeill
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Dr. SG Erman
Family Medicine

In brief: Stretching

Stretching before and after physical activity, appropriate cool-down period after activity, and maintaining good hydration.

In brief: Stretching

Stretching before and after physical activity, appropriate cool-down period after activity, and maintaining good hydration.
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Dr. SG Erman
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