How to Get Rid of Thigh Cramps
Maybe it’s happened while you were drifting off to sleep, or maybe it happened during a recent run in the park: without warning, your thigh muscles suddenly seized up, tightened, and became extremely painful. This phenomenon, called a muscle cramp or “charley horse”, is extremely common, especially among older adults.
Though we do not yet understand exactly why thigh cramps – or any muscle cramps – occur, there are many ways to prevent and treat them. Read below to learn more about the causes of muscle cramps and inner thigh cramps.
Muscle cramps are primarily caused by muscle spasms, which are involuntary contractions of one or more muscles. Aside from the thigh muscles, muscle cramps and spams tend to affect the calves , feet , and hands . Researchers are not yet in agreement on the exact cause of muscle spasms, but possibilities include:
- Poor blood circulation in the legs
- Insufficient stretching before exertion or exercise
- Muscle fatigue
- Magnesium deficiency
- Potassium deficiency
- Calcium deficiency (especially in pregnant women)
- Malfunctioning nerves caused by a spinal cord injury or pinched nerve
Muscle cramps can also occur as a side effect of certain medications, including:
- “Water pills” used to remove fluid from the body
- Medications used to treat Alzheimer’s disease
- Medications used to treat Myasthenia gravis
- High blood pressure medications
- Medications used to treat osteoporosis
- Asthma medications
- Statin medications used for cholesterol
If your thigh cramps or leg cramps are severe, see your doctor to discuss which causes are most likely to be affecting you.
How to Relieve Severe Leg Cramps in Thighs
When you are experiencing severe leg cramps or thigh cramps, there are many steps you can take to find relief. These include:
- Receiving a deep tissue massage, preferably from a professional.
- Warming the thigh muscles by soaking in a hot bath.
- Taking a bath with Epsom salt.
- Stretching the thigh muscles (if your thigh pain is mild enough to permit it.)
- Changing your diet to include more high-vitamin foods.
- Taking calcium, potassium, or magnesium supplements.
One of the best ways to relieve thigh cramps is by wearing a medical-grade compression sleeves. These firm, comfortable sleeves slip on the leg or thigh and help to provide warmth, comfort, and support to your muscles. Unlike a cast or splint, compression sleeves can be worn beneath your ordinary work or casual wear while you recover. We highly recommend the Orthosleeve QS4 Compression Thigh Sleeve for maximum results.