Muscle spasms can strike at any time, regardless of whether you’re asleep or awake. If you have recurring muscle spasms, contact Alexander Kulick, MD, at his office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Dr. Kulick can identify the issue causing your muscle spasms and offers treatments to reduce your discomfort. Call or make an appointment online today for expert treatment of muscle spasms.
Muscle spasms are involuntary contractions in your muscles. They can develop in your skeletal muscles, like the muscles in your thighs or back, or the smooth muscles that line your organs, like your intestines or bladder.
Muscle spasms are painful but, fortunately, they usually resolve quickly. If you have recurring muscle spasms, they can severely disrupt your quality of life.
Many factors contribute to muscle spasms. For example, skeletal muscle spasms are often the result of injury or overuse.
Athletes who don’t warm up or cool down correctly increase their risk of muscle spasms. Over time, you can develop micro-tears in your muscles that can cause swelling and weakness.
Chronic or recurring muscle spasms could be due to underlying conditions like nutritional deficiencies, hormone imbalances, or metabolic issues.
In some cases, chronic muscle spasms are due to a neurological disorder or nerve damage. Conditions like herniated discs can compress your nerves, and trigger muscle spasms; multiple sclerosis affects nerve signals, which can cause painful spasms.
If you’re experiencing muscle spasms, try at-home treatments like ice, heating pads, and rest. If your pain doesn’t subside within a few days, or if you have chronic muscle spasms, call Dr. Kulick to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Kulick begins with a comprehensive exam to assess your condition and look for the underlying cause of your muscle spasms. He might order additional diagnostic tests, including blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, or nerve conduction studies.
Then, he creates a customized treatment plan to address your specific needs. He might recommend dietary changes — potassium deficiencies can cause muscle spasms and cramping — or physical therapy.
Dr. Kulick also offers ultrasound-guided corticosteroid injections, trigger point injections, and prolotherapy to relieve muscle spasms. He might also prescribe anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxant medicine. If your muscle spasms are neurological, Dr. Kulick offers nerve blocks and hydrodissection procedures to release trapped nerves.
Don’t let muscle spasms interfere with your quality of life. Call the office of Dr. Alexander Kulick or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment.