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What leg stretches can help with muscle cramps?

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For a charley horse in the calf or a cramp in the back of the thigh (hamstring), try this stretch: Put your weight on the affected leg and bend your knee slightly. Or, sit or lie down with your leg out straight and pull the top of your foot toward your head. For a cramp in the front of the thigh (quadriceps), hold on to a chair to steady yourself and pull your foot back toward your buttock.

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 Tyler Wheeler on March 17, 2020

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 Tyler Wheeler on March 17, 2020

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