Workout Pain: When to Worry

Find out when pain resulting from your exercise routine requires medical attention.

If you exercise regularly, you understand that with fitness comes some pain. The usual muscle soreness that many athletes experience is often described as "good" pain, and part of a healthier physicality and overall well-being. But what happens when you experience "bad" pain during exercise? Would you know when to worry or seek orthopedic care? Here are some warning signs that the pain you're experiencing needs medical attention:

Symptoms after exercise that require medical treatment include:

  • Extreme or unusual pain
  • The inability to continue your fitness routine due to pain
  • The inability to bear any weight or use a limb
  • Any visible deformity
  • Localized pain and swelling
  • Localized discoloration
  • A fever accompanying the injury

If you exercise, we recommend that you work with a trainer to create a healthy routine that won't put any dangerous strain on your body. Our Health Library also offers some great advice in this article: Intensity Check: How Hard Are You Exercising? For those beginning to exercise, we also recommend that you make an appointment with a physician to check your general health before adopting a new routine. Call 1-855-868-6262 for a physician referral. The Sports Medicine Department at Medical Center Arlington is ready to assist with you with all of your orthopedic needs.

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