What should someone do when they experience a leg muscle cramp or spasm?

Dr. Ordway discusses what someone can do when they experience a leg muscle cramp or spasm. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

   

If you have a muscle cramp or spasm, there are a few things you can do to help it stop, according to the American Osteopathic Association  (AOA).

If you have a muscle cramp, the AOA recommends:

  • Apply heat to the tight muscles
  • Gently stretch the cramped muscle
  • Massage the cramped muscle to help it relax

Fortunately, these kinds of cramps usually go away in a few minutes and don’t need medical attention.

Talk to your doctor for more information about what causes leg spasms.

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