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(HealthDay News) -- When muscle cramps strike, there are things you can do to ease the pain and get moving again.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions:
Take a break from whatever activity triggered the cramp.
Gently and slowly stretch the cramped muscle, holding the position until the cramp eases.
Gently massage the cramp.
If muscles are tight and tense, apply heat.
If muscles are sore and tender, apply ice.