Muscle Spasms

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Feeling as if your muscle is moving or ‘jumping’ on its own is commonly referred to as a muscle spasm. Most muscle spasms are nothing to worry about and resolve on their own, but for muscle spasms associated with neurological disorders, medical cannabis treatment from Matthew Brimberry, MD, at Texas Cannabis Clinic may offer relief. The clinic serves patients in and around Austin, Houston, Arlington, San Antonio, and the entire state of Texas through telemedicine. Book a telehealth appointment today.

Muscle Spasms Q & A

What are muscle spasms?

Muscle spasms and muscle cramps are unpredictable and involuntary tightening and contractions of your muscles. Not all muscle spasms are painful, but some can cause discomfort or pain. Spasms can affect any of your muscles, but the most commonly affected muscles are in the calves, thighs, feet, arms, hands, and abdomen.

What health conditions increase your risk of muscle spasms?

Most people experience muscle spasms from time to time. They’re commonly experienced by athletes who fail to warm up their muscles before working out or are caused by dehydration. If your muscle spasms are part of a neurological medical condition, you will also experience other symptoms, such as muscle weakness, numbness, poor coordination, and vision problems. 

There are many systemic illnesses and neurological diseases that cause or increase your risk of muscle spasms, including:

  • Anemia
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Hormone issues
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth
  • Stroke

A spinal cord injury also increases your risk of muscle spasms as the nerves become trapped. Other causes of muscle spasms include anxiety or stress, which may cause twitching muscles in your face.

Patients with damage to their brain or nerves can develop painful muscle spasticity that may lead to deformity. 

How are muscle spasms treated?

Muscle spasms can occur at any time — when you’re exercising, sitting on the couch, or even when you’re asleep. Most spams resolve on their own without the need for treatment. For those that don’t, unfortunately, there is no quick fix to instantly relieve the discomfort. 

You can try to treat muscle spasms by stretching or massaging the muscle or by walking around or applying heat or ice.

You should see a doctor if your muscle spasms are frequent and you experience the signs and symptoms of a neurological disorder. If your muscle spasms are caused by an underlying health issue, you may benefit from medical cannabis from Texas Cannabis Clinic. Medical marijuana for muscle spasticity is usually provided in a 3:1 or 1:1 CBD to THC ratio product.

Book a telehealth appointment to find out if medical cannabis can help with your muscle spasms.