charley horse


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char·ley horse

(char'lē hōrs),
Localized pain or muscle stiffness following a contusion of a muscle.
[slang]

charley horse

/char·ley horse/ (chahr´le hors) soreness and stiffness in a muscle, especially the quadriceps, due to overstrain or contusion.

charley horse

(chär′lē)
n. Informal
A cramp or stiffness in a muscle, especially of the upper leg, caused by injury or excessive exertion.

charley horse

[chär′lē hôrs′]
colloquial; a sudden painful condition of the quadriceps or hamstring muscles characterized by soreness and stiffness. It is the result of a strain, tear, or bruise of the muscle; is aggravated by movement; and is often associated with athletic activity. Treatment includes rest and massage. Compare cramp.
A popular term for leg pain caused by a contusion to the thigh involving the quadriceps muscle; without immediate compression, the ensuing hematoma and pain can be substantial; the term is often applied to painful injuries to other muscle groups

Charley Horse

A popular term for leg pain caused by a contusion to the thigh involving the quadriceps muscle; without immediate compression, the ensuing hematoma and pain can be substantial; the term is often applied to painful injuries to other muscle groups

char·ley horse

(chahr'lē hōrs)
Localized pain or muscle stiffness following a strain or contusion of a muscle.
[slang]

charley horse

the name given in sport to a haematoma of the quadriceps muscle as a result of trauma. Rarely it may develop areas of ossification, which prolong rehabilitation and may require surgery.
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