orthopedics, sports medicine

Soreness versus Pain: Understanding the difference

If you have set a goal to be more active, you’ll undoubtedly reap the benefits of a more active lifestyle as you put your goal into action.  As your activity increases and your exercise regimen becomes more strenuous, you are looking for results, weight loss and muscle gains. With increasing your strength and ability, you can expect soreness, a welcomed sign of progress. But, often pain can be mistaken for soreness which can lead to injury. Signature Medical Group wants to ensure that your progress is moving in the right direction.

Muscle Soreness

How can you be sure your discomfort is muscle soreness? If your muscles are tender and tight after activity, this may be an indicator of soreness caused by gains. Movement will be uncomfortable initially; but, gentle stretching can make it less painful. This soreness will peak within twenty four to seventy two hours of activity. In the meantime, don’t completely stop your exercise regimen! By simply alternating your activity, targeting different area of muscles, and stretching, you will give your body the proper opportunity to recover.

When is it Time to See a Signature Physician?

If the soreness described above doesn’t sound familiar, here are some other things to look for:

  • Experiencing pain during or, directly after activity.
  • Experiencing aches and pains in joints or ligaments.
  • Discomfort lingers if not addressed.

These are all signs of pain, not soreness and must be dealt with as such. Signature Medical Group orthopedic doctors suggest that you ice the location of discomfort and rest in order to best recover. If your condition does not improve within a week, it is vital that you consult your Signature physician to avoid a worsening injury. Make sure you schedule an appointment before continuing any activity that would put you at risk of greater injury.