Muscle aches, also known as myalgia, are a common symptom of many conditions and can be described as a dull or sharp pain, soreness, or stiffness in the muscles. Muscle aches can occur in any muscle in the body, but are most commonly felt in the neck, back, arms, and legs.
Muscle aches can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Treatment for muscle aches depends on the underlying cause. In many cases, rest, gentle stretching, and over-the-counter pain medications can help alleviate muscle aches. If the muscle aches are caused by an underlying condition, treating that condition may be necessary. Additionally, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and getting enough rest can help prevent muscle aches.
Physiotherapy can be an effective treatment for muscle aches, depending on the underlying cause of the pain. Here are some ways that a physiotherapist may help with the rehabilitation process: