If you’ve ever felt sore after a particularly strenuous workout, you’ve gotten a glimpse at what chronic muscle pain means for an individual. It's uncomfortable to perform tasks you do every day. Typically this soreness and discomfort lasts for a few days and then dissipates. Imagine if it didn’t, though. Aches and pains in the muscles can be a wholly frustrating experience, especially when it impedes your normal range of motion and physical functionality. At McWhorter CNR, we recognize that muscle pain is not something that can always be resolved with a rest day and a banana. We work to understand why you’re feeling pain and discomfort in the first place so that we can effectively treat your muscle pain at the source.
Understanding Muscle Pain
Muscle pain, also known as "myalgia" in medical circles, is often an indication that something larger is at play. Unlike chronic pain, where the pain itself is a disease, muscle pain is usually the symptom of an injury, disease, or disorder.
Considering that muscle pain is a symptom, rather than the root of the problem, it is vital that you seek professional attention as soon as you start to experience the pain. While everyone can experience some discomfort in their muscles from time to time and it often will subside after a day or two of rest, soft tissue pain as a result of an underlying source is unlikely to resolve on its own and, in most cases, that muscle pain will only get worse if left untreated.
What Causes Muscle Pain?
Muscle pain, unlike some of the other conditions we treat, is usually pretty easy to trace back to a cause. Most causes of muscle aches and pains are related to only a handful of categories, including:
- Autoimmune disease
- Neurological or muscle disorders
- Obstructed blood flow
- Drug side effects
While injury and overuse are among the most common reasons someone might be experiencing muscle pain, any single cause or combination of causes can leave a patient feeling frustrated and miserable.
The problem with aches and pains in the muscle is that it can be very difficult to achieve a full recovery due to the nature of soft tissue. Unlike a broken bone, you cannot put a cast on a muscle to prevent using it while it heals. A lot of muscle engagement is involuntary and something we’re not even fully aware of until it hurts.
Identifying The Symptoms Of Muscle Pain
The symptoms of muscle pain or myalgia are not hard to recognize. Feeling pain and discomfort when performing normal activities are among the hallmarks of this particular condition. Muscle pain that requires the attention of a doctor will be more severe and linger much longer than the soreness you’d expect from a particularly difficult workout or participating in a strenuous activity you’ve not done before.
Tenderness, swelling, and redness can also be indicators that there is a problem that needs addressed by a muscle pain specialist.
How Can McWhorter CNR Treat Muscle Pain In Denver?
RICE therapy is the go-to, at-home treatment for muscle pain. Healthcare professionals will usually recommend rest, ice, compression, and elevation as the first course of action when you’re experiencing muscle pain or myalgia.
If RICE therapy doesn’t have you feeling 100% after a few days, you’ll want to consult an expert on muscle pain treatments and recovery. At McWhorter CNR, we focus on both the brain and the body to develop a treatment plan that resolves pain at the source. Whether you suffer from overuse injuries as a professional athlete or you have an autoimmune disease that causes muscle pain and myalgia, our team of specialists can help.
Manage Muscle Pain In Denver At McWhorter CNR
Treating muscle pain and myalgia is an ongoing process. It takes time to address the underlying causes that led to your pain and to completely resolve them in a way that doesn’t compromise your lifestyle. For example, asking a professional athlete who suffers from muscle pain as a result of overuse to stop playing is not a reasonable course of treatment, even if it may resolve the problem. At McWhorter CNR, we work to train your body and brain to help you have better control over your functionality and continue to do the things you love without pain.
If you suffer from soreness, muscle pain, or myalgia, give our Denver-based muscle pain management specialists a call to set up a consultation.