Do leg cramps have a connection to frozen shoulder

Leg cramps may be defined as sudden and uncontrolled muscle contractions that lead to the onset of pain in the leg muscles. Some of the causes of leg cramps or ‘charley horse’ are heavy exercising, muscle fatigue, dehydration, electrolytic imbalance, obesity, and certain medications. Muscles that cross two joints are highly susceptible to cramps, one such cramp-prone leg muscle being the calf muscle. The exact cause of cramps in legs is not known, though it is believed that forceful muscle contraction leads to leg cramps. Leg cramps usually last for a few minutes till the contraction subsides and muscle tension is released.

On the contrary, frozen shoulder is referred to as stiffness of shoulder muscles, attributed to contraction of capsule surrounding the shoulder muscle and formation of scar tissue. This leads to restricted movement of shoulder and also sensation of pain in the shoulder. Frozen shoulder or ‘adhesive capsulitis’ is not associated with any injury and the exact cause of the condition is unknown. Some of the risk factors that are associated with frozen shoulder are certain endocrine disorders, age factors (the condition is common among people in the age group between 40 and 60 years), gender (frozen shoulder is more common in women than in men), shoulder trauma, and other systemic conditions.

Leg cramps and frozen shoulder are not necessarily related. As mentioned earlier, frozen shoulders are dependent on age, gender, and hormonal factors, while leg cramps are the result of excessive physical activities.

Some of the ways to prevent and treat leg cramps and frozen shoulder are as follows:
  • Refrain from heavy physical exercise. However, in order to prevent fatigue, you must resort to some form of physical activity.
  • Stay hydrated at all times; you must consume a balanced diet to keep your muscles and bones in a healthy condition.
If the condition persists and is painful, you must consult a doctor for expert advice and prescribed treatment.

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