In this article, we will discuss about Charley Horse. So, let’s gets started.
It is a involuntary painful muscular cramp or tightness that usually involves the calf muscles but can involve any muscle of the body. Its occurrence is sudden often during exercise and at night. It can last for a few seconds to several minutes, can also last for an entire day. Possible causes include high or low pH or substrate concentration in the blood, dehydration, low magnesium, potassium or calcium levels, as a side effect of certain medications. This condition is common with pregnancy, stroke, trauma, DVT, Baker’s cyst, trauma, nerve or muscular disease. Soft tissue manipulation of the affected muscle, stretching of the affected muscle, and advance approach such as the Graston technique (applied to the affected muscle) can be used for the treatment of Charley Horse. Immediate treatment includes self-stretching of the affected muscle or local soft tissue manipulation of the affected muscle. Heat or cold application can help relieve the pain. If the pain still persists NSAIDs such as diclofenac can be helpful.