Spasms may affect many different types of muscles in the body, leading to many different symptoms. Spasms of skeletal muscles are most common and are often due to overuse, dehydration, and electrolyte abnormalities. The spasm occurs abruptly, is painful, and is usually short-lived. It may be relieved by gently stretching the muscle. A special form of muscle spasms are the dystonias where an abnormality perhaps exists with the chemicals that help transmit signals within the brain. Examples include torticollis and blepharospasm.
HOW IS MUSCLE SPASM DIAGNOSED?
An Orthopedic Surgeon/General Physician/Homeopath diagnoses Muscle Spasm by conducting a physical examination, X-Ray, and MRI scans to check the stiffness of the muscles.
HOW IS MUSCLE SPASM TREATED?
While most of the Muscle Spasm can be successfully treated at home, however, in a severe case of Muscle Spasm, doctors may prescribe physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the pain in the muscle.
DID YOU KNOW?
Muscle spasm may also be associated with neurologic disorders such as muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and myopathy (a primary muscle illness). With these diseases, associated symptoms include weakness, muscle wasting with loss of muscle size, and change in sensation.