Pain vs. Soreness
Pain vs. Soreness
When discussing discomfort, many people throw around the words “pain” and “soreness,” but is there actually a difference? Don’t you feel pain when you feel sore? Actually, the two are quite different and it is important to recognize the difference, especially when consulting a healthcare professional. If you are experiencing any pain or soreness in your muscles, our physical therapy in Rosedale can help you locate and correct the affected area.
What is soreness?
When people describe experiencing soreness, they often point out the following:
Soreness is most often expected after working out, playing sports, or even doing household activities. Typically, innocent soreness will correct itself within a few days, 48 hours at most. Soreness is usually hard to locate, as it normally feels as if an entire muscle group is affected.
What is pain?
Pain is often an indicator of something more serious than overworking a muscle. Persistent pain is usually a sign that there has been an injury. True injuries are usually accompanied by:
- Sharp pains
- Deep pains
- Stabbing pains
If discomfort does not subside within one to three days, it is usually a sign that something is wrong and there has been an injury. It is highly suggested that if pain persists or worsens, you get a proper assessment.
Treatment for soreness/pain:
Sore muscles can often be relieved by:
- Icing the affected area
- Heating the affected area to increase blood flow
- Certain stretches and exercises
Persistent pain should receive a proper assessment, diagnosis, and treatment plan. At Flowers Physical Therapy, our physical therapy in Rosedale are equipped with the proper tools and skills to diagnose and understand the cause of your pain. We offer services such as orthopedic care, sports medicine, and worker’s compensation/rehabilitation. If your soreness persists and your pain is unbearable, contact us to schedule an appointment. Your daily life should not have to be altered due to pain! Our physical therapy in Rosedale can help!