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The 5 Best Remedies for Leg Cramps

Livestrong shares strategies to manage leg cramps with guidance from experts including Naimish Baxi, MD, physiatrist at HSS.

According to Dr. Baxi, “The majority of leg cramps are idiopathic, meaning the cause is unknown.”

 Dr. Baxi recommended applying heat first. He explained that warmth brings blood flow to the area, which brings oxygen and nutrients, helping to alleviate the contracted muscle.

Leg cramps aren’t typically a cause for concern, but if they occur frequently (and not as a result of exercise) and are very severe, then check with a health care provider. Dr. Baxi noted that it could be due to a medication - which likely could be adjusted - or they may be a sign of a more serious condition that merits investigation.

Read the full article at Livestrong.com.