Symptoms of muscle pain
Tenderness and pain are symptoms of injured muscles and may be felt when you’re moving or resting.
When a muscle is injured, inflammation can cause pain and swelling. You may feel tenderness when the muscle is moved or touched.
How muscle pain can affect you
Suffering from muscle pain can be distressing and limit your ability to move freely. Almost everyone experiences aching muscles from time to time, which can make doing everyday things like getting out of bed, climbing stairs and lifting things painful.
Did you know?
The origin of the word myalgia (muscle pain) was coined in ancient Greek, deriving from myos "muscle" and algos "pain”.
Why do we experience muscle pain?
Muscle pain is most commonly the result of overuse or a minor injury, perhaps caused by a tough game of tennis or a trip or fall, or by tension and stress, which can make your muscles stiff and painful.
Overdoing it can cause muscle pain
Muscle pain, usually affecting a few muscles or a small part of your body, is often caused by overuse or minor injury, for example a strain or sprain resulting from overdoing it on your morning run. Trips or falls can also lead to strains and sprains that cause muscle pain.
Stress and muscle pain
Another frequent cause of muscle pain is stress. This is because when you feel tense, your body produces hormones that make your muscles tense up and increase your sensitivity to pain. That is why your back might hurt more after a tough day at work.