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Muscle Aches

Chicago Vitality

Men's Health & Testosterone Replacement located in Schaumburg, IL & Chicago, IL

If your workouts and daily activities regularly leave you with severe muscle pain at the end of the day, make an appointment at Chicago Vitality. The men’s health experts at their Chicago, Schaumburg, and Naperville, Illinois offices specialize in getting to the root of frequent muscle aches. When you call or book your appointment online, you can get started on a treatment plan to improve your muscle aches.

Muscle Aches Q & A

Can I prevent muscle pain?

Often, yes. You know you have to warm up at the gym to get the blood pumping before a workout, but don’t forget to cool down afterward and stretch, too.

The gym isn’t the only time you should worry about warming up and stretching though. Anytime you do something physically demanding you need to warm up your muscles. Lifting something when your muscles are tense increases your risk of strains.

Stay active throughout the day, as well. If you work at a desk, get up and walk around several times an hour or start standing up at your desk occasionally to keep your body moving.

Should I be concerned if I have groin muscle pain?

Not necessarily. Most of the time, groin pain stems from muscle, ligament, or tendon strains. Such strains happen if you play contact sports, including football or hockey.

If you have a strain, you might instantly feel pain. In some cases, though, pain may not surface until days or weeks later. Usually, groin injuries get worse as you continue playing sports or exercise without allowing the area to heal.

If your pain doesn’t subside or worsens, it’s a good idea to get checked out. Sometimes groin pain can be a side effect of bone trauma or fracture. Kidney stones or testicular abnormalities can cause groin pain, too.

How do I treat muscles aches?

Once your doctor has ruled out or treated any medical concerns, you just have to give your body time to heal. Treating muscle aches involves:

  • Allowing the area to relax
  • Heat or ice packs
  • Massage therapy
  • Pain medications
  • Trigger point injections

In some instances, your diet may be worsening your muscle pain. If you’re new to lifting weights or starting a new exercise regimen, your need for certain nutrients may increase. For example, getting enough protein is important for muscle recovery after weight-bearing exercises.

If you’re always sore after the gym, you might need to make some changes in your diet. Your dedicated practitioner can evaluate your diet and counsel you on any adjustments that can lessen your chances of muscle pain.