Your Health: Don’t let cramps cramp your style

No one likes a charley horse. The pain, the knot of muscle, the moment of panic as you try to massage it away—but what causes cramps? How do you prevent them? When are cramps a cause for concern? Learn how to prevent and treat cramps at home, and when to seek professional help.

A cramp is a sharp contraction of one or more muscles, and almost everyone will experience one at some point. Caused by dehydration, exercise or even pregnancy, cramps are painful, but usually something you can treat yourself. Andrew Fix, physical therapist and orthopedic specialist outlines how to care for cramps at home and when to visit Shawnee Mission Health.

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