Muscle Spasms

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Holistic Medical Services located in Gambrills, MD

Almost everyone experiences some degree of muscle spasms in their lifetime, but for patients who suffer from frequent bouts of these painful cramps, medical marijuana may provide relief. Holistic Medicine, LLC, in Gambrills, Maryland can help you get safe access to this treatment with a written recommendation for medical marijuana. If you suffer from Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or recurrent muscle spasms, call Holistic Medicine, LLC, or book an appointment online today.

Muscle Spasms Q & A

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What are muscle spasms?

Spasms happen when your muscles involuntarily contract. Long periods of physical work, dehydration, and intense athletics can cause your muscles to cramp or spasm. Certain medical conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) can involve severe muscle spasms that interfere with your life.

Muscle spasms can vary greatly in intensity and duration. Some spasms last only a few seconds, while others can persist for hours. Cramps and spasms most commonly occur in your legs, but can affect any muscle in your body.

If left untreated, muscle spasms can lead to shortening of your soft tissue, which can eventually disable movement in your knee, hip, shoulder, and elbow joints.

Who gets muscle spasms?

Common cramps can affect anybody, although the following groups are at greater risk of experiencing recurring muscle spasms:

  • Older adults
  • People with diseases such as ALS and MS
  • Overweight or obese people
  • Athletes with rigorous training schedules

What causes muscle spasms?

A variety of factors can trigger painful muscle spasms. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Dehydration
  • Inflammation from a muscle injury
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Magnesium or potassium deficiency
  • Chronic pain
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Side effect of prescription medication
  • Pinched nerve
  • Obesity

How does medical marijuana treat muscle spasms?

Along with chronic pain, muscle spasms are the most common reason for medical cannabis recommendations. Studies show that medical marijuana is a safe and effective treatment for muscle spasticity.

Medical marijuana treats muscle spasms by reducing the inflammation that causes these spasms to occur. Research from the University of South Carolina shows that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) triggers a natural anti-inflammatory response that reduces both pain and inflammation. Studies also show that medical marijuana leads to improvements in patient-reported quality of life, sleep quality, and pain relief.

Cannabis can treat underlying diseases that cause muscle spasms, such as ALS or MS, as well as spasms that result from prescription medications or muscle injuries.

If you suffer from frequent and disruptive muscle spasms for any reason and want safe and effective relief from medical marijuana, call or click online to schedule an appointment at Holistic Medicine, LLC today.