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Muscle Pain: A Sign of a Bigger Problem?

By Sara Butler

After a tough workout at the gym or foray into a new activity, it's normal to experience a little bit of muscle soreness. But there are some signs that you should be on the lookout for that may indicate something bigger is going on. Here's how you can tell the difference between normal muscle pain and something much more serious.

The Causes of Muscle Pain

You already know that a tough tennis match or weekend spent outside skiing are going to leave you sore on Monday. That's because when you perform an activity your body isn't accustomed to, lactic acid builds up in your muscles and causes soreness.

Normal muscle soreness after an activity usually goes away and lessens over time. After a couple of days, you should be back to normal. If the soreness lasts beyond one or two weeks, it may be time to figure out what's really going on.

When You Should Worry

If you've been experiencing lingering muscle pain for more than a couple of weeks and the pain is sharp instead of an aching discomfort, then it's time to seek out professional help. Especially if the muscle pain is keeping you from doing your normal day-to-day activities.

What Could the Problem Be?

There are a few things that may account for lingering muscle pain that has nothing to do with our workout. These include:

  • Fibromyalgia - This is a neurological condition that causes tenderness and pain in the body as well as sleep issues and fatigue. This condition causes noticeable pain patterns, often occurring on both sides of the body.
  • Arthritis - Arthritis doesn't simply impact joints, it also impacts muscles. When you experience pain in an area of your body, the muscles go on lockdown in order to protect the area. That's how arthritis can cause painful muscle spasms in areas surrounding your joints.
  • Infection - If the sore area is accompanied by fever and redness in the area, then it may be an infection. This is especially true if there's no reason you should be experiencing muscle pain in the first place, such as intense physical training sessions.
  • Flu - Flu can cause muscle aches, fever, sweats, chills, headaches, sore throats, and congestion. The flu also causes inflammatory proteins to break down your muscle, which can cause soreness.

If you're suffering from muscle pain and you're not sure why, talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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