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Muscle Pain

          Red Flag Alert: What Symptoms may be Cause for Concern?

What to do About Muscular Pain 

First of all, don' t worry! For the vast majority of problems there is no special cause for concern other than treating the problem you are experiencing. Typically first stop is to book a session with your PFO physiotherapist who will make an assessment. We are formally trained in diagnosis which can, at times, uncover symptoms that need further investigation by your GP.


Muscle aches are not always harmless, and in some instances, home treatment isn’t enough to address the underlying cause. Myalgia can also be a sign that something is seriously wrong in your body.

You should seek help when:

  • pain that does not go away after a few days of home treatment
  • severe muscle pain that arises without a clear cause
  • muscle pain that occurs along with a rash
  • muscle pain that occurs after a tick bite
  • myalgia accompanied by redness or swelling
  • pain that occurs soon after a change in the medications you take
  • pain that occurs with an elevated temperature


​​If you have any of these symptoms you should seek an urgent appointment with your GP as soon as possible

Muscular Pain Explained

Muscle pain originates in any of the muscles in the body and the medical term for muscle pain is myalgia.


Muscle pain may arise due to injury or overexertion, infections of the soft tissues, or inflammatory conditions. A number of conditions can be associated with generalised aches and pain, such as influenza, that are perceived to be muscle pain. Muscle pain can be localised to one muscle group or diffuse, involving multiple muscle groups. Muscle pain due to injury or overuse is most commonly localised to one area.


Depending upon the cause, muscle pain can be mild or severe and debilitating. Muscle pain is the hallmark symptom of some chronic conditions like fibromyalgia. Related symptoms that can occur with muscle pain are tenderness, swelling, redness, or fever.


​​Our Chartered Physiotherapists can help diagnose your symptoms and have you back on the road to recovery in no time

Muscle aches often respond well to home treatment. Some measures you can take to relieve muscle discomfort from injuries and overuse include:

  • resting the area of the body where you are experiencing aches and pains
  • taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen
  • applying ice to the affected area to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation


Other measures that may provide relief from muscle pain include:

  • gently stretching the muscles
  • avoiding high-impact activities until after the muscle pain goes away
  • avoiding weight-lifting sessions until the muscle pain is resolved
  • giving yourself time to rest
  • doing stress-relieving activities and exercises such as yoga and meditation to relieve tension


Our Physiotherapists  can help diagnose your condition and put together a recovery plan with a specific exercise regime and personalised advice.​

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