When Exercise Hurts

February 8, 2016 | Spinal Intervention
When Exercise Hurts

We’ve all heard it countless times - diet and exercise lead to a healthier and longer life. But what happens if your favorite form of exercise causes you pain?

Most people equate running with exercise injury, but it is not the only culprit. Lifting weights and any repetitive sport like tennis can also send you running for the medicine cabinet. It’s important to note that there is a difference between pain and discomfort. Discomfort is common after exercise - sore muscles are normal and should not cause concern. Pain after exercise is a completely different situation. Pain should be investigated and treated. Physical therapy is often required to overcome injury caused by exercise.

What is the difference between pain and soreness? When should you seek help?

Soreness

  • becomes noticeable 1 to 3 days after the activity
  • feels better with gentle stretching but can worsen after being still
  • is predominantly found in muscles
  • is temporary and resolves with time

Pain

  • becomes noticeable during the activity and immediately afterward
  • feels better with ice and rest but can worsen with continued activity
  • can be noticed in both muscles and joints
  • does not resolve in time and lingers more than 7 days. Pain that lingers longer than one week should be evaluated by your physician.

How can a physical therapy help? A physical therapist is a highly trained medical professional qualified to evaluate injury and then make a unique care plan designed to help you achieve recovery. The state of the art physical therapy center at NewSouth NeuroSpine offers our patients specialized treatment for a wide variety of diagnoses, including neck and back pain, pre and post-operative care, and rehabilitation for the competitive athlete. Physicians guide each patient’s physical therapy treatment, and our caring and knowledgeable staff is there with the patient every step of the way. You can make an appointment today!