How do I treat sore muscles after working out?

On Wednesday, I worked out for the first time in a couple months. I didn’t stretch very well afterwards because I was in a hurry. Yesterday I was pretty sore as expected, but this morning the muscles around my elbows are killing me. I can’t even extend my arms all the way out.

First of all, how do I know if it’s just sore or if I actually hurt myself?

Second, what is a good way to deal with this? Do I try stretching a bit now, or will that hurt it more? Will pain killers help until my muscles heal?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. vikky b, 29 May, 2010

    Make sure you stretch after the gym, then have a hot bath.

    If you are working to build or tone muscle, it will hurt a little, and with me it usually is sore the next day, worse the day after then starts getting better again.

    Do NOT take painkillers while working out, your body gives you pain so you don’t do it again – is the very short theory behind it!!

    Take a couple of painkillers now if it is that painful, go home and have a hot bath and stretch. Obviously it won’t be to when you can normally do so don’t try too hard … just keep doing stretches on the tight muscles now until you can stretch to where is normal.

  2. jenivive, 29 May, 2010

    stretch and soak in a bath tub with epson salts

  3. tomgt351, 29 May, 2010

    i reckon u should take a nice long rest and see how that gose for u

  4. tiger_footbal, 29 May, 2010

    After i work out at the gym my trainer makes me go in the ice bath for 15 minutes then immediately go in the hot tub for 15 minutes. The cold makes the mucles contract and the warm makes the mucles expand. It works great and i dont feel sore afterward

  5. SubJ, 29 May, 2010

    Continue with the practices.

    Eat only when hungry and not more than thrice a day. Nothing other than water in between. Include plenty of uncooked vegetables and fruits in each meal, preferably 50%. Chew each morsel at least 32 times to activate ur body to generate signals of hunger/fullness. Obey these signals.

    Take light exercises and brisk walks regularly preferably twice a day.

    U will achieve what u have not even dreamt and that too in a reasonable time. Do not be in a hurry.

  6. mah35, 29 May, 2010

    Aspirin tablets usually help..3x500mg a day..There’s the difference between muscle pain and ligament pain. If it hurts in the middle of the extremity it’s muscle- (when you exercises too much muscles use all the glucose and as a nus product they start producing "milk acid"- that is what hurts- the best way to get better is, believe it or not, exercise!). If the pain is located very near the joints, it’s ligament- it’s best to take a break from exercises while it goes away and again take an Aspirin).

  7. Jen, 29 May, 2010

    I have sore muscles a few times a year because I keep on going on and off with working out. it usually goes away after 3 to 5 days, sometimes it stays there for a week. But I still keep going because I feel if my muscles keep on working and it’ll keep expanding and will increase its elasticity. But that if you were working out regularly before you stop and your muscles can take it. I usually ignore the pain, eat a lot of meat or other food with protein to help the rebuilding of new muscles. Don’t worry about it, actually by moving more, such as walking, you won’t notice the pain too much.

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