A muscle cramp can bring a marathon runner to a halt, or cause a swimmer to feel fear of drowning. Although the majority of people that experience muscle cramps are not elite athletes. According to one estimate, approximately 95 percent of people will at some time in life experience the sudden, sharp pain associated with a muscle cramp.
A muscle spasm is when a muscle involuntarily contracts. If the spasm is strong and continues to last, it then is known as a cramp. Most people describe a muscle cramp as a feeling of tightness in the muscle; many describe the feeling of a knot or hardness under the skin in the area of the muscle. It is quite often painful, or even difficult, to use the affected muscle or muscle group while having a muscle cramp.
While cramps and spasms can affect any muscle, even those affiliated with the body’s various organs, they are most common in