Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Muscle Cramps in Adults and Elderly in Malaysia

Muscle cramps causing leg pain

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Muscle cramps in legs, calves, or any part of the body is a common cause of pain. The most common of muscle cramps are those that involve the calf muscles and leg muscles. This article will cover the origins of muscle cramps as well as therapy options.

Sudden, painful involuntary contractions of the muscle in any body part that may be visible or palpable are known as muscle cramps. The legs are the most common body part that suffered from muscle cramps. Muscle cramps can happen any time, and they are many cases reported at night time. Each episode can last from a few seconds to several minutes with different severity. The duration and frequency of the attacks vary from person to person. There are no significant underlying causes in most of the cases.

Two main proposed mechanisms may contribute to muscle cramps in adults and elderlies. The motor nerve terminals which control the contractions of a muscle are abnormally excitable. The other mechanism suggested that there is an instability in the anterior horn cells due to spinal disinhibition. This may lead to explosive hyperactivity of motor neurons (nerves that control the muscle) and high-frequency contractions of several muscle units at the same time.

Risk factors for muscle cramps include motor neuron disease, peripheral neuropathy, radiculopathy, electrolyte disturbances, hemodialysis, uremia, liver cirrhosis, hypothyroidism, pregnancy, and vigorous exercise. Several medications may increase the risk of muscle cramps, such as diuretics, steroids, nifedipine, morphine, and statins.

What is the best treatment for muscle cramps in Malaysia?

Most of the cases for muscle cramps are usually self-limiting. It is recommended to exhaust non-pharmacological interventions such as manual therapy, moderate stretching exercise, cryotherapy, thermotherapy, decreasing exercise intensity, and electrical stimulation therapy before commencing medications.

Chiropractic Specialty Center® provides the best treatment for muscle cramps, leg pain, or calf pain. The care you get from us is through the combined efforts of expert physiotherapists and corrective chiropractors in Malaysia.

For more information or inquiries on our leg pain treatments, please contact us at 03-2093 1000.

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