(HealthDay News) -- A muscle cramp occurs when a muscle involuntarily tightens and does not release, often leading to intense pain.
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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says although the exact causes of muscle cramps aren't known, the following conditions are thought to increase your risk:
- Having tight muscles that haven't been stretched.
- Having poorly conditioned muscles that become easily fatigued.
- Overusing your muscles.
- Exerting yourself in extreme heat.
- Being dehydrated.
- Having low levels of essential minerals and salt, including potassium.
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