Is something better than nothing? The many ineffective ways we treat nocturnal leg cramps

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If you’ve ever experienced the pain of a charley horse, then you’ll have an idea of what about half of all adults over the age of 60 experience – nocturnal leg cramps. A nocturnal leg cramp can occur in the leg or foot, and is a painful and sudden tightening of a muscle that can last from seconds to minutes, and can recur in the night. Not surprisingly, nocturnal leg cramps can interrupt and impair sleep and while these cramps don’t cause permanent injury, they can lead to decreased quality of life from the pain and sleep impairment. Despite the frequency with which these leg cramps occur, very little is known about what causes them and what anyone can do to prevent them. Consequently, there are an enormous number of medicinal, folk, and alternative remedies that are used and endorsed by both health professionals and patients alike. And a recent

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