Usually it is simple for those who suffer from muscle aches to pinpoint the cause of them. This is because most instances of myalgia (muscle pain) result from too much stress, tension, or physical activity.
However, muscle pain can sometimes be caused by other medical conditions so if it persists you should speak to your doctor.
How joint or muscle pain impacts your life also varies. Some people suffer from crippling pain that impacts their daily life, while others suffer from flare ups of pain that last a couple of days.
Treating muscle pain
Usually muscle pain will get better on its own within a few days. The NHS recommends treating strains and sprains using the RICE method for the first couple of days;
- Rest – stop any exercise or activities and try not to put any weight on the injury.
- Ice – apply an ice pack (or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a tea towel) to the injury for up to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours.
- Compression – wrap a bandage around the injury to support it.
- Elevate – keep it raised on a pillow as much as possible.
You can also use painkillers including ibuprofen to help ease the pain and inflammation (paracetamol can also be used for pain relief).