Muscle Spasms and Leg Cramps

This is a guide to help you navigate muscle spasms and leg cramps.

What is going on?

Muscle spasms and leg cramps can be common with people that have persistent pain, but it is important to know that there are many potential causes and factors. A short list includes:

  • Side effects from medication
  • Dehydration
  • Vitamin/mineral deficiencies
  • Muscle fatigue
  • And more...

Should I talk to my doctor?

Since muscle spasms can have many different causes, it can be important to seek out medical advice when necessary. WebMD states, “ In most cases, you can take care of a leg cramp (muscle spasms). It will likely stop within minutes. But if you get them often and for no clear reason, tell your doctor.”

What can Hinge Health do?

Hinge health and your coach can help you stay consistent and dedicated!

It’s true, muscle fatigue due to exercise can at times cause short term increases in the likelihood of a muscle spasm. However, the long term benefits of exercise can help your muscles build strength and tolerance with improvements in overall health that reduce the likelihood of muscle spasms.

Additionally, persistent pain causes people to protect around painful areas of our body. Like when you limp and stiffen your foot after an ankle sprain, this is a normal and helpful way to protect in the recent onset of injury. However, when these protective behaviors become habits, unnecessary strain is placed on the muscles and joints that can cause increased muscle spasms and pain.

Some common advice can unintentionally reinforce these habits in ways that can exacerbate pain and spasms. One common opinion for the back, “keep your core engaged to protect and stabilize your back.” While appropriate at times, if this is done habitually, day after day, people’s pain can be exacerbated. Reach out to your coach if you think that you could benefit from more information!

What can you do?

  • Seek out medical advice from a doctor as necessary (see above).
  • Continue to build consistency!
  • Communicate with your coach to determine helpful modifications!