You and Your Health
Health Tip: At Risk for Muscle Cramps
Photo: Risk for Muscle Cramps
Who is most likely to get them
A muscle cramp occurs when a contracted muscle can’t relax, causing pain and tightness.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says these factors increase the risk of getting a muscle cramp:
Being a young child or infant.
Being age 65 or older.
Taking certain medications.
Being an athlete, particularly in the pre-season before the body is fully conditioned.