Category Archives for Muscles

What Causes Foot Cramps?

A Foot Cramp is an involuntary contraction of muscles in the foot or feet especially the inner arch of the feet, toes and thigh and calf muscles. Pain is usually associated with the contraction of the muscle and even it has subsided one may still encounter aching. Causes of a Foot Cramp Foot Cramps may be caused by environmental, medical and lifestyle factors. Athletes and persons in old age are in the group of persons at high risk for foot cramps. However, it may present as the most common type...

What Causes Charlie Horses?

Charlie Horses is the name given to muscle spasm experienced by an individual, especially in the leg. The most probable area where Charlie horse strikes is the calf region and at night. In case of such a spasm, the concerned muscle contracts and cramps, without any slightest indication beforehand. The spasm is very painful and locks the particular muscle in a contracted position. The pain experienced during Charley horses is so sudden and intense that you lose complete control over the muscle and...

Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Definition Lou Gehrig’s Disease goes by the name Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is the progressive and sometimes fatal disorder. This kind of disorder attacks the nerves and muscles. Read more

What Causes a Leg Cramp?

Definition Cramps are unpleasant, often painful sensations caused by contraction or over-shortening of muscles. Leg cramps are painful feeling of tightness and tension in the muscles of the legs. Also known as ‘charley horse’, leg cramps usually occur when the leg muscles suddenly and forcefully contract. There are three prime areas where these cramps mainly occur: calf (crossing the ankle and knee), the hamstring (crossing the knee and hip) and the quadriceps (also crossing the knee...

Groin Pain

Groin pain is a condition characterized by discomfort or ache in the adductor muscle. The pain can range from mild to severe and it can be chronic or acute. Athletes usually suffer from this pain because they do strenuous activities. To have ideas about the different treatments for the condition, it is important to look at the underlying causes of the pain. To help patients who suffer from this kind of pain, discussed below are the usual symptoms associated with ache in the adductor muscle as well...

Upper Arm Pain

Upper arm pain is closely associated with strenuous activities involving the upper arm, or bicep. Usually, this happens after a day of using the upper arm repetitively or stretching the capabilities beyond what it is used to. People normally experience upper arm pain after exercising that involved moving the arms such as weight-lifting, push-ups and chin-ups. Causes Upper arm pain causes are normally muscle strains, fractures, tendonitis and injury. Normally, upper arm pain causes are because of...

What Causes Muscle Spasms?

A spasm is described as a sudden, involuntary contraction of a muscle, a group of muscles, or a hollow organ, or a similarly sudden contraction of an orifice such as the mouth or eyes. A spasm may be experienced with a sudden burst of pain, but is usually harmless, lasting for a short period. Spasmodic muscle contraction may also be due to a large number of medical conditions. By extension, a spasm is a temporary burst of energy, activity, emotion, stress, or anxiety. A muscle spasm is different...

What Causes Muscle Twitching?

What is muscle twitching Muscle twitches are small involuntary movements involving small areas of muscle or muscle fibers. These twitches often go unnoticed, and when you do feel them, they tend to feel worse and more noticeable than they actually are. Twitches, also known as fasciculation’s, can occur in the arms, feet, fingers, hands, head, legs, and other parts of the body. Twitches can also occur in the eye muscles. Muscle twitches are usually harmless and are more of an irritation than a cause...

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