Muscle Cramps Directory
Muscle cramps (sometimes called charley horses) are caused by muscle spasms (contractions). Common sites of muscle cramps include the calf, abdomen, hand, ribs, and thighs. Possible causes include poor circulation, dehydration, fatigue, hot outdoor temperatures, calcium deficiency, and more. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how muscle cramps are caused as well as treatments and prevention tips and much more.
Charley Horse, Spasming, Knotting Leg Muscle Cramp
If you’ve had a charley horse, you know the pain of a spasming, knotting muscle cramp.
Muscle Spasms, Cramps, and Charley Horse: Causes and Treatments
WebMD explains muscle spasms, cramps and charley horses, including symptoms, causes and treatments.
Exercise-Related Lactic Acidosis: Symptoms, Treatment, Causes, and More
Lactic acidosis occurs when lactic acid accumulates in the bloodstream. Learn more from WebMD about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for lactic acidosis.
The Basics of Heat Cramps
Heat cramps result from an electrolyte imbalance that can occur with exercise or from working in a hot environment. Learn more from WebMD about symptoms and treatment.
Workout Without Soreness
No pain, all gain! Work your muscles without the soreness.
Is Your Pain Acute or Chronic?
To help you understand acute vs. chronic pain, WebMD talks with Eduardo Fraifeld, MD, president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
Cramps While Running: Causes, Prevention, Treatments
Many runners experience cramps while running or jogging. Learn why, and how to prevent and treat this pain.
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
Delayed onset muscle soreness is common after exercise and usually means your muscles are getting stronger.