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5 Times Sore Muscles Are a Bad Thing

Those of us who have ever experienced that two-days-later, I-can't-walk soreness have likely also wondered: Is this feeling normal? The good news is that delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)—that achy feeling 24 to 48 hours after an intense workout—usually is an expected and OK side effect of exercise. The bad news: Sometimes, seemingly 'sore' muscles could signal something more serious.
5 Times Sore Muscles Are a Bad Thing
Next time you're feeling it post-sweat session, check for these six warning signs that something else is to blame for your pain.
Muscle soreness is usually a dull and all-over sort of feeling, says Scott Weiss, C.S.C.S., a New York-based physical therapist and exercise physiologist. Injury, on the other hand, tends to be more acute. A good way to tell the difference: If you can point to the pain with one finger, you might be looking at a pulled or strained muscle, tendon, or ligament, says Weiss. If you can use your whole palm to ID the area in question, it's likely just sore muscles.
5 Times Sore Muscles Are a Bad Thing
Muscle soreness is usually a dull and all-over sort of feeling, says Scott Weiss, C.S.C.S., a New York-based physical therapist and exercise physiologist. Injury, on the other hand, tends to be more acute. A good way to tell the difference: If you can point to the pain with one finger, you might be looking at a pulled or strained muscle, tendon, or ligament, says Weiss. If you can use your whole palm to ID the area in question, it's likely just sore muscles.
5 Times Sore Muscles Are a Bad Thing
One exception to that unilateral pain being "normal" soreness: overtraining. "A close sister to muscle soreness for endurance athletes would be when you start overdoing it," says Weiss. Triathletes and other endurance athletes might shake off a 'dead leg' sore feeling in both legs as a good training session. But if this sounds familiar, consider when your last off day was. Can't remember? You might need to slow down, stat.
5 Times Sore Muscles Are a Bad Thing
One exception to that unilateral pain being "normal" soreness: overtraining. "A close sister to muscle soreness for endurance athletes would be when you start overdoing it," says Weiss. Triathletes and other endurance athletes might shake off a 'dead leg' sore feeling in both legs as a good training session. But if this sounds familiar, consider when your last off day was. Can't remember? You might need to slow down, stat.
5 Times Sore Muscles Are a Bad Thing
One exception to that unilateral pain being "normal" soreness: overtraining. "A close sister to muscle soreness for endurance athletes would be when you start overdoing it," says Weiss. Triathletes and other endurance athletes might shake off a 'dead leg' sore feeling in both legs as a good training session. But if this sounds familiar, consider when your last off day was. Can't remember? You might need to slow down, stat.
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