Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Why Is Exercise Causing Muscle Cramps?

Thursday, 08 July 2010 03:06 PM

Question: I'm 61 years old and getting back into exercising on a regular basis. I noticed that even before I started exercising that I have more muscle cramps. What can I do?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Muscle cramps starting after the age of 50 should be a red flag for you to seek consultation. Many disorders may cause cramps, including circulatory, neurological, rheumatic, and calcium disorders as well as various electrolyte deficiencies. Often these conditions are caused by an underlying condition that should be corrected.

Supplementation in order to “Band-Aid” a deficiency is a poor approach and unwise since the underlying condition may get worse. If you identify a deficiency or an excess condition, be sure there is no underlying process. Medical exams addressing specific symptoms are far more effective than "routine" physicals of past generations, and are far more satisfying to patients. Though we do still perform routine physicals, the emphasis now is to alert your doctor early when you notice changes in your medical health, energy or conditioning.

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