At some point in your life, the chances are great that you are going to experience a muscle cramp. In fact, research estimates that around 95% of people will experience a muscle cramp at some point.

Therefore, since muscle cramps are so common, our team at AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway wants you to know what you can do to both prevent and treat them. Read on as we take a look!

Who Is at Risk for Muscle Cramps?

Although anyone at any age can experience a muscle cramp, there are some risk factors that increase our chances of getting a muscle cramp. Older people, for example, are at an increased risk for muscle cramps because of a loss of muscle mass.

In addition, women who are pregnant and people who are dehydrated (especially athletes) are at an increased risk of muscle cramps.

Common Causes of Muscle Cramps

  • Poor blood circulation in your legs
  • Potassium deficiency
  • Working calf muscles too hard while exercising
  • Lack of stretching
  • Being active in hot temperatures
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Dehydration
  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Pinched nerve in your neck or back

How Can Muscle Cramps Be Prevented?

The main key to keep your muscles free from cramping is to ensure you are drinking enough water. If your urine is light yellow or clear, it means your body is well hydrated. However, if you are seeing dark yellow urine when using the restroom, your body could be dehydrated, which means an increased risk of muscle cramps.

Plus, you also want to make sure you are eating healthy foods that are rich in magnesium, calcium and potassium.

Treatment for Muscle Cramps

  • Stretch regularly.
  • Massage the affected area.
  • Apply heat or cold.
  • Walk to ease the ache.

Is your injury more than just a muscle cramp? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway today for a medical evaluation.