Muscle Spasm and Muscle Cramp

Muscle Spasm and Cramp

There is often confusion about muscle cramp and spasm in modern clinical practice. I just tried to explain these terms to lessen the confusion.

Muscle Cramp پٹھوں کا درد

Muscle Spasm پٹھوں کا کھچنا

Muscle Spasm

The spasm occurs abruptly, is painful, and is usually short-lived.

.اچانک اچانک پھیلتا ہے، دردناک ہے، اور عام طور پر مختصر رہتا ہے

Any involuntary muscle contraction, whether or not it is painful.

Muscle Cramp

A painful and involuntary muscular contraction.

.ایک دردناک اور غیر جانبدار پٹھوں کا سکڑاو

A sustained muscle spasm is called a muscle cramp.

So, broadly defined, a muscle cramp is a sub-type of spasm.

Another name of muscle cramps is Charley Horse, a common injury for athletes (especially in the thigh or calf).

Clinical features of Cramps

Causes of Muscle Spasm

Causes of Muscle Cramps

What does a muscle spasm feel like?

Muscle spasms range in intensity from mild twitches to severe pain. It may show visible signs of twitching(a slight jerk of a body part) or (a short sudden pull or jerk). Spasms may typically last from seconds to 15 minutes or longer.

Sciatica Muscle Spam

Medication for Spasm and Cramp:

I think it would be important to check with a physician if you are having repeated cramping, especially throughout the day; some of these conditions are life-threatening. Also, these different causes would all require different treatment, so, unfortunately, there’s no easy one-size-fits-all answer.

Some things that have been tried and have often been found to clinically helpful , but not conclusively identified as “cures” would include medications/supplements including quinone, and supplementation of electrolytes (drinks, foods, or topical sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium; although which is needed will depend, again, on what the situation is — too much of the wrong mineral and you’ve got another problem). An Ice pack may also be helpful to “turn off” a really brutal, long-lasting cramp, by effectively shutting off the motor endplates, because cold applications slow down nerve conduction.

Ice Packs

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