Muscle Soreness Vs Pain: How To Differentiate

Muscle soreness and muscle pain are two different condition, know the difference and tips to treat these conditions here.

Puru Bansal
Written by: Puru BansalPublished at: Feb 01, 2022Updated at: Feb 01, 2022
Muscle Soreness Vs Pain: How To Differentiate

Physical health is as important as mental health. If we do not keep ourselves physically fit then it can have an impact on other internal functions of the body. But when you try to keep yourself physically fit, there are also chances that you might get cramps, soreness or pain in muscles. Muscle pain and soreness feels almost alike but there is much difference in both the conditions. The discomfort in your muscles can be because of both pain and soreness. Today we are going to tell you some points to differentiate between these two conditions and act accordingly.

Muscle Soreness Vs Muscle Pain

We spoke to Dr. Sumeet Nigam, General Physician at Sahara Hospital, Lucknow to tell us about muscle soreness and muscle weakness in detail. He said that muscle soreness and pain both are common during any type of physical workout. Muscle soreness is common when you work out and it goes away with time in a few days. However, pain lasts for a longer period of time and it can cause problems in the near future. Muscle pain can also be due to an internal injury that can happen during doing any physical workout. 


Muscle Soreness Cause

Muscle soreness occurs in condition when you have not done any physical workout or put stress on them for a long time. It can also happen in case of stressful activity that leads to small muscle tearing. Soreness is the delayed onset of stress of muscles which when gets repaired becomes stronger. Muscle soreness usually happens in peak time between 24 hours to 72 hours of muscle-stressing activity. 

The amount of soreness depends on the time and intensity of exercise of physical workout you have done. It also depends on the effect of pressure exerted on the muscle and hence it takes time to heal accordingly. 

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Tips to Manage Muscle Soreness

There are following tips that you need to manage muscle soreness and problems that may come along with it. 

1. Give muscles time to recover- It is important that you give time to your muscles to recover from the soreness. For this you will have to control your physical activity for a few days and prevent any types of intense or lengthy workouts. Do not run marathons or such activities over a month from proper recovery.

2. Stay active and keep muscles moving- Soreness does not mean that you stop all physical activities. For recovery to be better and muscles to improve their strength, you need to keep moving little bit each day. Best way is to keep yourself indulge in daily routine activities. 

3. Vary your activities- Try to do different works in which your muscles are stretched in different ways. This can help your soreness go away in a easier manner and can help you strengthen your muscles


Muscle Pain Causes

Pain in muscles usually occurs when there is an injury in a specific portion of the body. The injury can be external or internal, external is obviously recognized and treated but internal injury is not determined. Muscle pain becomes evident when there is ache that constantly increases over few days. Muscle pain may vary according to the movement and pace of muscle affecting the body. Joints or muscles that have pain can be intense which can also keep you up at night. Muscle pain requires proper diagnosis to understand if the pain is not too severe. 

If the pain does not go away in a few days, rather it increases over the period of time, and then it could impact your health. Injury in the joints or muscles can make your movement stiff and uneasy. Pain also changes according to how you move; there could be various other reasons for having muscle pain as well.

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Tips to Manage Muscle Pain

1. Stop doing activity that increases pain- Do not indulge in activity or workout that could increase your pain or problems. Put a ice pack for the short term relief, it can provide you rest from inflammation. 


2. Do not try to push pain- Many people try to overdo activities or still try to do tasks that gives them muscle pain. This can worse the cause of injury and can be harmful for your health in future. 

3. Seek Medical help- Get diagnosed where the muscle pain has occurred. This will help you know the cause of pain in the muscles and weather it is serious or not. In case the pain does not go away try to get medical help and attention to treat it.

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