Why Do Your Muscles Ache?

Muscle aches and pains are common, typically involving more than one muscle. Muscle pain can also involve ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissues that connect muscles, bones, and organs. Muscle pain is most frequently related to stress, tension, overuse, or muscle injury from exercise or physically-demanding work. In these situations, the pain tends to involve specific muscles and starts during or just after the activity. It is usually obvious which posture or activity is causing the pain.

Most aches and pains are temporary and generally last 1-3 days. However, once muscle pain begins to go past 3 days without changing, or you feel the same aches and pains repeatedly, it’s time to give us a call as there may be an underlying problem such as muscle imbalance, or stiff tissues and joints.

The most common causes are:

  • Injury or trauma including sprains and strains
  • Overuse
  • Tension or stress

Muscle pain may also be due to:

  • Certain drugs, including:
  • Medicine lowering blood pressure
  • Medicine lowering cholesterol
  • Infections
  • Cold & Influenza (flu)
  • Electrolyte imbalances, such as too little potassium or calcium
  • Fibromyalgia

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