The Why’s and How’s of Muscle Pain
Muscle pain is one of the most common instances of “aches and pains” that an athlete or any other physically active individual experiences. It typically does not affect any one muscle but the system of muscles, tendons and ligaments within a given area. This condition can result from a variety of contributing factors, including muscle injury, overuse, as well as stress and tension.
In the majority of cases, muscle pain directly correlates with a specific activity, which enables you to promptly take appropriate measures. There are several essential exercises that you can do at home to promote pain relief and improving range of motion and flexibility. However, it is recommended to consult with your doctor prior to performing any exercises about which you are hesitant: Not all forms of stretching are ideal for every form of muscle pain, and thus an incorrect exercise may lead to more harm than good.
While most forms of muscle pain can be handled through conservative treatment like strengthening exercise, rest, ice and over-the-counter pain medication, there are times when it is crucial to see a specialist for professional diagnosis and intervention. Such cases include:
- Pain persisting beyond the initial 3 days.
- Severe pain occurring for no apparent reason.
- Signs of infection in the affected area, i.e., redness or swelling.
- Poor circulation in the affected area.
- Severity of pain fluctuating in direct correlation with starting or changing medications.
Your orthopedic physician will perform a thorough evaluation to determine whether the problem indeed lies only within the activity itself or whether there are other elements involved, such as a muscle imbalance or stiff joints. Determining the underlying causes is the most essential step on the path to healing.
Why let muscle pain affect your life and keep you away from your favorite sport, when you can seek professional assistance from Coastal Orthopedics Sports Medicine & Pain Management? Please do not hesitate to call us today at (941) 757-5511, and our Sarasota/Bradenton pain management and orthopedics specialists will be happy to guide you towards a full recovery.