Pain is common during exercise, especially if you are just starting an exercise routine. However, there are some pains that are not normal. These tips will help you know if your exercise pain is something more serious and requires medical attention.
If you are following a safe exercise routine, you should not experience chest pain. If you are experiencing chest pain, contact your doctor. In rare instances, intense workouts can cause heart attacks. Even though your chest pain is probably not due to a heart attack, it is important that you get medical advice to ensure there is not an underlying heart condition.
Severe Joint or Muscle Pain
Some pain in your muscles and joints are common and perfectly normal while you exercise. However, if the pain you experience is severe, long-lasting and even forces you to change your exercise routine, speak with a doctor. This type of pain may be a signal that you have a torn ligament or some other more serious injury. If that is the case, you may need to see a doctor who has completed the Doctor of Physical Therapy program for treatment and healing before you can safely continue exercising.
You Have Swelling
Swelling and redness are not normal. They are your body’s natural response to damage. If you experience swelling along with the pain, it could be signs that you have torn some tissue. If you experience swelling, stop exercising and visit your doctor to determine the cause and learn how to care for the injury.
Another abnormal sensation while exercising is a popping sound. When you tear a ligament, there is often a popping sound associated. If hear this sound and then experience pain, you should not continue exercising. Exercising could worsen the damage to your knee, ankle or other damaged joint. Your doctor will be able to determine the extent of the injury and suggest treatment.
Can’t Hold Your Weight
Whether it is accompanied by pain or not, if you are unable to put weight on your foot, ankle, knee or hip, something is wrong. This is another symptom of a torn ligament. Similarly, if your foot, ankle, knee or hip just feels weak or wobbly, that may also be a symptom of a tear, so stop exercising and speak with a physical therapist.
If you’re muscles are just a little sore after working out, that’s normal, but some pain is serious and needs medical attention. If you experience these types of pain or symptoms, seek medical attention to prevent further injury.