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1. What symptoms are seen in muscle spasm?
The common symptoms associated with muscle spasm are: the muscle twitches several times; it becomes hard to touch; there is intense pain in the area; the muscle may appear distorted; and sometimes tenderness may also occur.
2. How is muscle spasm treated?
Muscle spasms often get cured without any medical treatment. You can manage the condition by the following ways: stretch and massage the muscle gently; hold the muscle in the stretched position until the spasm goes away; use heat and cold treatment; muscle relaxant medicines to relieve the spasm; and treating the underlying condition that causes the spasm may also help.
3. Can muscle spasms be serious?
Muscles spasms are not serious. However, sometimes, the underlying condition of this symptom may be serious. Muscle spasms may occur in multiple sclerosis, or some neurological conditions which might be serious and require proper treatment. If it is occurring because of an injury to the spinal cord, it is a serious condition.
4. What are the causes of muscle spasm?
The following may be the causes of muscle spasm: insufficient stretching of muscles before a physical activity; muscle fatigue; exercising at very high temperatures; dehydration; imbalance of electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and magnesium; pregnancy; and insufficient blood supply to the muscle.
5. Can exercises help to relieve a muscle spasm?
You can easily manage muscle spasms with stretching exercises. Especially the muscle spasms in the calf muscles of the leg, you may stretch the calf muscles to relieve the pain. For thigh muscle spasms, you may stretch your leg on the floor by sitting down.