Neuromuscular - Leg Cramps

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Description and Key Nutrition Issues


Muscle cramps are sudden, involuntary, painful skeletal muscle contractions. They can be visible and palpable and the duration, frequency and severity are highly variable. Most cramps resolve within minutes but have been known to last up to an hour. They most commonly occur in the legs and at night (referred to as nocturnal leg cramps). The etiology of muscle cramps is highly variable. They may be due to pregnancy, exercise, a disease or medical condition, genetic abnormality,
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Last Updated: 2016-02-25