Soreness vs. Pain

There have been many observations made and questions asked about having a physical therapy clinic in a gym. One frequently asked question has been how to determine the difference between soreness and pain.

It is important to understand the difference between muscular soreness and pain. While is a healthy an anticipated result of exercise, pain is unhealthy and an abnormal response. The line between the can be difficult to recognize, and the ability to be able to differentiate between as sore muscle and actual pain is important in decreasing the chance of injury.

Muscle soreness:

  • Tender when touching muscles, tired or burning feeling while exercising, minimal dull, tight and achy feeling at rest
  • Onset occurs during exercise and/or 24-72 hours after activity
  • Improves with stretching, following movement (“warm-up discomfort”)
  • Worsens with immobility

Pain:

  • Ache, sharp pain at rest or when exercising
  • Occurs during exercise and can last for >3 days if not addressed
  • Improves with R.I.C.E (rest, ice, compression, and elevation)
  • Worsens with continued activity

If you are you’re experiencing extreme pain or pain lasting longer than 1-2 weeks you should seek the advice of a physician or physical therapist.

 

  1. http://www.apta.org. Accessed Oct. 26, 2017
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Why are so many young athletes getting severe, season-ending injuries?

Over the past decade, it appears that more and more athletes are being sidelined with season-ending injuries. While there are many differing reasons for injuries that are out of the athlete’s control, here are a few possible reasons that can be self-managed:

Lack of proper warm-up and/or cool-down

  • There are still many teams that have improper/inefficient warm-ups, causing athletes to be ill-prepared for competition, as well as possibly increasing the athlete’s chance for injury.

Lack of “base/foundational strength” prior to start of season

  • While overall condition and strengthening is important, there are many athletes that go straight into their season (going from couch/computer to court).

Overall decrease in stabilization muscles

  • Technology has benefitted many kids with the knowledge-base for the digital-age; However, this can also have an impact if kids are staying indoors.
  • Because more kids are staying indoors, there are less chances to get outdoors (running/jumping/etc.), causing a decrease in overall strength and stabilization in muscles

Athletes have been using UBE strength training in conjunction with physical therapy, as needed, to prepare for their upcoming sports to gain/maintain strength and stabilization.  If you have any questions about training or physical therapy, contact UBE via phone: (207) 992-4000 or email: admin@ube-more.com

October is National Physical Therapy Month!

October is the month in which we have the chance to celebrate the power of Physical Therapy. As PT’s, we have the opportunity to play a significant role in helping people overcome both physical and mental hardships of an injury.

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Come check out UBE Physical Therapy for a FREE 30-minute consultation to assess your needs and how you can improve your overall health and wellness.