(HealthDay News) -- A 'charley horse' is a painful muscle spasm that occurs most often in the legs. It begins suddenly and may cause severe pain when the muscle won't relax.
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Proper preparation before exercise can help prevent charley horses. The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these suggestions:
- Stretch properly and thoroughly before any exercise.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids before and after exercise.
- Include plenty of potassium in your diet. Orange juice and bananas are excellent sources.
- Don't overexert yourself and strain your muscles, which could cause spasms.
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