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Spasm

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Involuntary sudden muscle contraction. It is a generic term that does not necessarily indicate a muscle cramp. For example, a facial spasm cannot be included as a muscle cramp because it is not painful. Thus, a muscle cramp is simply a painful spasm.

Muscular Cramps

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(2007). Spasm. In: Schmidt, R., Willis, W. (eds) Encyclopedia of Pain. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_4090

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