Health Tip of the Week, sponsored by Baton Rouge General: What causes a charley horse?

    Dr. Stephanie Coleman

    If you’ve ever had a charley horse, you remember it well. The sharp, intense pain of your leg or calf muscle suddenly becoming tight and stiff can stop you right in your tracks. Muscle spasms are harmless for the most part, but could be related to some underlying issues like:

    • Not stretching enough before exercising
    • A magnesium or potassium deficiency
    • Dehydration, especially when combined with warm-weather sports
    • Inadequate blood flow to the muscle
    • Overuse of a specific muscle during exercise
    • Certain medications, like those for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and COPD

    How to ease the pain of a charley horse

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