Everyone experiences aching muscles at some point. Occasional muscle pain shouldn’t be a cause for concern. Pain that’s persistent or severe, however, should be addressed by a doctor. Many Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, residents come to Apex Medical Center to find relief from muscle pain and resume their normal daily activities. David Ezeanolue, M.D., C.I.M.E., Alafuro T. Oruene, M.D., and Blanche Y. Bonnick, M.D. at Apex Medical Center can help you determine the cause of your muscle pain and find a solution.
Muscle pain is most often associated with simple injuries and overuse. When you place your muscular system under excessive stress, such as heavy lifting or an intense workout, localized pain often follows.
Tension and stress can also lead to muscle pain. Common areas where you may notice this type of pain are in your neck, shoulders, and upper back.
Systemic muscle pain spreads throughout your entire body and usually indicates a more serious medical issue. Illness, infection, or the use of certain medications can cause systemic muscle pain.
Diagnosing muscle pain is the first step in determining the best treatment options. Your doctor has numerous tools and techniques that can help identify the source of your pain.
If you experience localized muscle pain that’s minor to moderate, simple self-care can help. Rest the affected area and consider applying ice to reduce any swelling and relieve pain. Over-the-counter medications can also relieve minor muscle pain.
If you experience any of these symptoms in addition to muscle pain, you should seek immediate medical care:
These symptoms could indicate a serious medical condition you should have treated right away.
There are numerous ways to prevent many types of muscle pain caused by physical exertion or tension.
When engaging in exercise or sports, make sure to include a warmup and cooldown at the beginning and end of each session. Stretching is also a great way to prevent minor muscle strains.
When your body is functioning at an optimal level, you have a reduced risk of straining or damaging your muscles. Regular exercise as part of an active lifestyle keeps your muscles toned and healthy.
If muscle pain is related to the demands of your job, look for ways to make positive changes. Avoid sitting in the same position for extended periods of time and take regular breaks to stretch. Consider changing your office chair or the height and position of your computer monitor.
If these efforts aren’t effective in relieving muscle pain, reach out to the team at Apex Medical Center for a thorough physical exam. There could be other issues causing your muscle pain as well as effective treatment options.