The odds are that you have experienced muscle pain sometime in your life. While muscle pain usually comes and goes, there can be times where it sticks around longer than normal.
Here’s a quick guide to how muscle pain originates and what you can do to treat it.
What Causes Muscle Pain?
There are a number of reasons why you may experience muscle pain. While the most common causes of muscle pain include stress, tension, overuse and minor injuries, other things could also be to blame, including:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Lyme disease
- Muscle cramp
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Knowing the cause of your muscle pain is the first step toward effectively easing the ache.
How Is Muscle Pain Treated?
In most cases, you can alleviate muscle aches with some simple at-home remedies.
When muscle pain occurs, follow the “R.I.C.E.” method, which stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. These steps can usually help alleviate discomfort.
In some circumstances, applying heat to the painful area may be more effective than applying ice. For example, if your muscle pain is due to arthritis, heat therapy is usually recommended.
By applying heat to the area causing pain, you are allowing blood vessels to dilate, which improves blood flow and relaxes the muscles.
If you’re experiencing persistent discomfort due to muscle aches, you may find relief by taking an OTC anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Before taking these meds, though, talk with a doctor or pharmacist about other medications you’re taking and what dosage is appropriate for your needs.
Have muscle pain that’s not responding to at-home treatment? Make an appointment with one of our medical professionals at Parkridge Bone & Joint today.