Muscle Spasms - Dr. Ronjon Paul

Muscle spasms are a common complaint involving a pain, tightness, or spasmodic activity. The causes for these spasms are numerous, and can be relatively benign such as in the case of inadequate stretching, or more serious in the cases of toxic or metabolic syndromes.

About Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasms are a common complaint involving a pain, tightness, or spasmodic activity. The causes for these spasms are numerous, and can be relatively benign such as in the case of inadequate stretching, or more serious in the cases of toxic or metabolic syndromes. Recurrence, severity, and distribution are the best indicators of more severe conditions. Common causes include muscle injury, overexertion, and electrolyte imbalances.

One of the most common presentations, especially in runners, is in the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles of the calf. This spasm is colloquially termed a “charlie horse” and is a great example of the more typical sudden and significant but transient pain. Recurrent episodes may suggest underlying pathologies, and can present in any muscle of the body. Treatment for more moderate to severe cases can help to reduce incidence and severity of those episodes.

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About Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasms are a common complaint involving a pain, tightness, or spasmodic activity. The causes for these spasms are numerous, and can be relatively benign such as in the case of inadequate stretching, or more serious in the cases of toxic or metabolic syndromes. Recurrence, severity, and distribution are the best indicators of more severe conditions. Common causes include muscle injury, overexertion, and electrolyte imbalances.

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One of the most common presentations, especially in runners, is in the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles of the calf. This spasm is colloquially termed a “charlie horse” and is a great example of the more typical sudden and significant but transient pain. Recurrent episodes may suggest underlying pathologies, and can present in any muscle of the body. Treatment for more moderate to severe cases can help to reduce incidence and severity of those episodes.

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Can muscle spasms be dangerous?

In most cases, muscle spasms are little cause for concern, and are a transient event that should resolve spontaneously. In some cases, though, muscle spasms may be indicative of a more severe underlying condition, and can prove dangerous in those cases.

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Can muscle spasms be dangerous?

In most cases, muscle spasms are little cause for concern, and are a transient event that should resolve spontaneously. In some cases, though, muscle spasms may be indicative of a more severe underlying condition, and can prove dangerous in those cases.

How are muscle spasms managed?

Muscle spasms can be managed with a number of practices, including good nutrition and sleep hygiene, exercise, stretching, and reduction of stress levels.

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How are muscle spasms managed?

Muscle spasms can be managed with a number of practices, including good nutrition and sleep hygiene, exercise, stretching, and reduction of stress levels.

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How are muscle spasms diagnosed?

Muscle spasms can typically be diagnosed by physical examination and patient history alone. In some cases, nerve conduction studies may be performed to evaluate skeletal muscle function.

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How are muscle spasms diagnosed?

Muscle spasms can typically be diagnosed by physical examination and patient history alone. In some cases, nerve conduction studies may be performed to evaluate skeletal muscle function.

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The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only. Dr. Paul makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information contained on or available through this web site, and such information is subject to change without notice. You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this website with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. NEVER DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY SEEKING MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU HAVE READ ON OR ACCESSED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE.

Dr. Paul does not recommend, endorse or make any representation about the efficacy, appropriateness or suitability of any specific tests, products, procedures, treatments, services, opinions, health care providers or other information that may be contained on or available through this web site. DR. PAUL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE NOR LIABLE FOR ANY ADVICE, COURSE OF TREATMENT, DIAGNOSIS OR ANY OTHER INFORMATION, SERVICES OR PRODUCTS THAT YOU OBTAIN THROUGH THIS WEB SITE. www.paulspine.com/legal/disclaimer.

Individuals’ outcomes may depend on a number of factors, including but not limited to patient characteristics, disease characteristics and/or surgeon experience.

All logos and names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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In the preoperative room you will be prepared for surgery. The team will be checking your vital signs, starting your IV, validating your medications, health history, lab results and any follow up for additional testing needed. At this time, they will obtain your consent for surgery and answer any questions you may still have. Your anesthesiologist will see you and your family prior to your surgery. Dr. Paul, Adam or Kevin  will mark your surgical site. You will be escorted to the operating room by cart. Your family can wait in the surgical waiting room. Dr. Paul will call them when surgery is completed.  If he can not reach them, he will leave a message with the Patient Liaison. Following surgery you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) where you will recover for an hour or more. During this time, pain and nausea control will be established and your vital signs will be monitored frequently.