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Muscle aches, or myalgia, are extremely common. Almost everybody has experienced discomfort in their muscles at some point.
Because there is muscle tissue in nearly all parts of the body, this type of pain can be felt practically anywhere...
Often, people who experience muscle aches can easily pinpoint the cause. This is because most instances of myalgia result from too much stress, tension, or physical activity. Some common causes include:
Not all muscle aches are related to stress, tension, and physical activity. Some medical explanations for myalgia include:
Muscle aches often respond well to home treatment. Some measures you can take to relieve muscle discomfort from injuries and overuse include:
You should use ice for one to three days following a strain or sprain, and apply heat for any pain that remains after three days.
Other measures that may provide relief from muscle pain include:
Muscle aches are not always harmless, and in some instances, home treatment isn’t enough to address the underlying cause. Myalgia can also be a sign that something is seriously wrong in your body.
You should see your doctor for:
The following can be a sign of a medical emergency. Get to the hospital as soon as possible if you experience any of the following along with aching muscles:
If your muscle pain is caused by tension or physical activity, take these measures to lower your risk of developing muscle pain in the future:
People who work at a desk should make an effort to get up and stretch at least every 60 minutes.
Your sore muscles might be due to something other than tension and physical activity. In this case, your doctor will best be able to advise you on how to fully resolve your muscle pain. The first priority will be to treat the primary condition.
Written by: Krista O'Connell
Medically reviewed on: Jun 06, 2016: William A Morrison MD
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