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What causes muscle cramps?

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Many things can trigger a muscle cramp. They include:

  • Poor blood circulation in your legs
  • Working calf muscles too hard while exercising
  • Not stretching enough
  • Being active in hot temperatures
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Dehydration
  • Magnesium and/or potassium deficiency
  • A problem such as a spinal cord injury or pinched nerve in your neck or back

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery: "Muscle Cramp."

Northwestern Health Sciences University : "Charley Horses -- Why Do I Get Them and How Can I Stop Them?"

LECOM College of Osteopathic Medicine: "Muscle cramp -- A common pain."

National Library of Medicine: "Muscle Cramps."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 31, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery: "Muscle Cramp."

Northwestern Health Sciences University : "Charley Horses -- Why Do I Get Them and How Can I Stop Them?"

LECOM College of Osteopathic Medicine: "Muscle cramp -- A common pain."

National Library of Medicine: "Muscle Cramps."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 31, 2019

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