A muscle spasm is a cramp – a Charley Horse – in your calf or foot during your sleep. Muscle spasms are involuntary contractions of one or more muscle. A Charley Horse can also occur when you are out running or performing other intense exercise. Pain may be brief, but it is intense. When your calf or foot suddenly becomes tight, hard, and extremely painful, you are experiencing a muscle spasm.
Areas of the body susceptible to involuntary muscle spasms – the Charley Horse:
When a muscle cramp occurs, here are some things you can do to ease out of the contraction:
- Ice Application
- Heat Application
- Bath with Epsom salts
Hamstring Muscle Spasm
- Place your body’s weight on the leg and bend the knee slightly
- Lie down with your leg straightened and pull the top of your foot toward your head
Thigh – quadriceps – Muscle Spasm
- Hold onto the back of a chair for balance and pull your foot back toward you buttock
Common Causes of Involuntary Muscle Spasms
- Poor blood circulation in the legs
- Overextension of the calf muscles while exercising
- Insufficient stretching before exercise
- Exercising in the heat
- Muscle fatigue
- Magnesium deficiency
- Potassium deficiency
- Calcium deficiency – especially in pregnant women
- Malfunction of nerves due to a spinal cord injury or pinched back or neck nerve
Treatment for Muscle Spasm
Working with the Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Treatment Team at Spine and Sports Medicine will alleviate your target pain area and prevent future muscle contractions.
Physical therapy will help you:
- Reduce Muscle Spasms
- Alleviate Pain
- Decrease Inflammation
- Increase Muscle Strength
- Increase Flexibility
Manual – hands-on – Physical Therapy
Manual physical therapy entails tailoring specific exercises to strengthen the targeted area of pain. These physical therapy exercises – combined with other therapeutic treatments such as medical massage – provide circulatory energy enhancing the targeted area.
Medical Insurance Coverage for Muscle Spasm Treatment
At Spine and Sports Medicine, there is no requirement for you to obtain an outside primary physician referral to have the cost of your treatment covered by your insurance plan. Most insurance plans cover the cost of treating muscle spasms. Our insurance experts will help you to determine your coverage and assist in processing your claims.
Celebrated Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Treatment
If you have been suffering from muscle spasms, discover effective treatment and pain relief provided by a multidisciplinary therapeutic practice in one convenient Midtown Manhattan location – at Madison Avenue and 40th Street.
Reach out to the multidisciplinary team of pain management experts at Spine and Sports Medicine by clicking below – or – call 212.986.3888.