Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Cramps in One Leg Overview

Another name for Cramps in One Leg is Leg Cramp.

What are unilateral leg cramps?
A person with unilateral leg cramps has tightening, or spasms, of the muscles in one leg. Unilateral leg cramps are involuntary and the muscles may become firm and painful during a cramp. The most common cause for unilateral leg cramps are muscle fatigue, intense exercise, and dehydration.

What are the symptoms of unilateral leg cramps?
Symptoms of unilateral leg cramps include stiffness or spasms of the muscles in one leg and leg pain that usually worsens with movement. During the leg cramps, a person may have difficulty walking.

How does the doctor treat unilateral leg cramps?
The treatment for unilateral leg cramps depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for unilateral leg cramps may include rest, massage, warm compresses, muscle relaxants, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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