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What are the Top Causes of Leg Cramps?

Even though leg cramps generally come and go, when you’re dealing with the pain and discomfort it’s the worst thing in the world at that time.

Understanding the top causes of leg cramps will allow you to pinpoint the culprit and implement the best possible treatment plan.

There are a variety of lifestyle reasons for leg cramps, including:

• Weight training with your legs

• Recreational jogging, running, or bike riding

• Sports that put strain on your legs, such as basketball or soccer

There are also medical reasons for leg cramps, such as:

• Dehydration

• Vascular disease

• Kidney failure

• Thyroid problems

• Alcohol use disorder

• Type 2 diabetes

If you suspect that one or more of these medical reasons are the cause of your leg cramps, it’s important to consult with a qualified physician.

Conversely, if your leg cramps are a result of lifestyle reasons, you can take steps such as:

• Drinking more water before, during, and after strenuous exercise

• Resting your body before and after working out

• Heat and ice therapy

• Massage therapy

Rather than learn to live with leg cramps, it’s best to pinpoint the cause and implement a treatment strategy.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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