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Monitoring and Assessing Pain

spine-joint-pain-relief-columbiaAs Spring weather calls to those of us who have been hibernating this Winter, it’s important to remember that while exercise, including cleaning around the house is good, it’s can also cause pain and soreness from unused muscles. Here are three ways you can monitor and assess your pain and soreness level:

Use a ten-point scale

When you go to the doctor or hospital, you will often find a nurse of medical professional who will ask you to rate your pain level. They may even have a chart with faces to accompany the pain scale in order for you to more accurately identify how severe your pain is. Using this scale and self-assessment is an important first step in monitoring and assessing pain.

Determine the difference between soreness and pain

As you begin physical activity, especially a new kind of physical activity, it is normal to experience soreness from using muscles in a new way. When this soreness lasts one to three days and is a dull, ache, then there is no need to be concerned about an injury. Soreness that lasts more than one to three days of a physical activity or soreness accompanied by a sharp pain, needs to be addressed with a medical professional.

Leave time for recovery

Even the most rigorous exercise plans allow time and space for recovery days. Recovery days allow your body and muscles time to rest. Constant stress and strain are not a healthy way to work out your muscles and may even result in countering your fitness goals.

When you are able to monitor and assess your pain during your exercise plan, you are able to accomplish your fitness goals more fully. If you are unsure about whether your pain and soreness is something to be concern about, consult a physical therapist for an evaluation.

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