Cramping is an involuntarily and forcibly contracted muscle that does not relax. Muscle cramping may occur during exercise, at rest, at night based on the exact cause. Typically cramps are abrupt and cause intense pain. Most muscle cramps occur in the leg muscles and result in a small lump of muscle beneath the skin
HOW IS CRAMPING DIAGNOSED?
Physical examination by a general physician is done on the spot of the cramping. If it is abdominal cramping then a USG may be suggested. If the cramps are in the legs then the doctor may take an x-ray to see tissue or muscle damage.
HOW IS CRAMPING TREATED?
Treatment of the condition can be done at home if the cramping is mild, while pain relievers can help in numbing the pain. Further, antacids to release gas build up and medication or physiotherapy for muscle contractions can help in treating the cause of the cramps.
DID YOU KNOW?
Adequate conditioning, stretching, mental preparation, and adequate fluid/electrolyte balance are likely helpful in preventing muscle cramps