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    Work Hard, Play Hard. Is Muscle Pain Next?


    You work hard all week balancing your family, work and social schedule, so when the time finally rolls around, you want to play just as hard. There’s nothing like a few rounds of golf, a scenic nature hike or an intense workout to help you feel recharged. But all that exercise can be the cause ​of muscle pain that shows up a day, or two, later. Find out about the three common causes of muscle pain and how to treat and prevent it quickly and easily.


    Sore or tired muscles usually happen during or right after an activity, like after the last rep of weights at the gym, or a quick run up the stairs. Think that’s it? Check the chart below for tips, and talk to your doctor if you have any questions.

    Unusual Activity

    Feeling sore, swollen or less flexible about 12 to 24 hours after trying a new activity? Like surfing, sprinting or running a marathon? These aches may come from microscopic tears that help your muscle gain strength as you heal. Think that’s it? Check the chart below for tips, and talk to your doctor if you have any questions.

    Repetitive Activity

    Just realized you’re doing the same activity over and over again? Liking running every day or constantly lifting things around the house? You could be limiting your normal muscle range or over-using certain muscles. Think that’s it? Check the chart below for tips, and talk to your doctor if you have any questions.

    ​How to Treat Muscle Soreness

    • ​Consider an over-the-counter pain reliever
    • R-I-C-E (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate)
    • Go on relative rest
    • Avoid anything strenuous
    • Stretch to avoid further injury
    • Vary your activities daily

    ​How to Prevent Muscle Soreness

    • Stretch throughout the day
    • Always warm up and cool down
    • Take small increments vs. big leaps
    • Drink lots of water and fluids!

    Article provided by Motrin

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