Topics in Muscle Pain

There are many interesting topics in muscle pain, due to the many causes of it and due to the fact that muscle soreness continues despite the many mechanisms of the body to quickly repair injured muscle fibers. Muscle tears occur often, as evidenced by the fact that we have all felt soreness after a day of sports activities or athletic workouts. Our muscles are even designed to tear 0 that is the way that they develop and grow in size and strength as they get used more and more often. When we continuously challenge certain muscle groups, tears occur in the muscle fibers. These injured muscle fibers are replaced with new muscle fibers, in a higher density than was present before. As that muscle group gains in mass and strength, a person should be less prone to injury in the future.

The muscles of our body adapt to the challenged placed on them. They grow in size and strength in direction relation to the challenges placed on them, due to the various athletic pursuits or work responsibilities placed on them.

Eventually, the muscle groups adapt to their environment, and muscle pain goes away, either due to the healing process being completed or because the muscles are stronger and less prone to becoming re-injured.

Except in some cases, muscle pain endures in some people, even weeks or months after whatever event caused the muscle injury. The muscles, like the bones, are highly vascularized, and thus have an innate ability to regenerate easily. Any structure that is highly vascularized has the ability to fully regenerate as opposed to joint cartilage and the walls of the intervertebral discs. Why does muscle pain endure for so long, causing painful symptoms of conditions such as fibromyalgia and lower back pain?

In fact the musculoskeletal system is a complicated network of muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, cartilage, and other soft tissues. All of the other systems of the body affect these structures, especially including the nervous system. Our thinking and emotions can affect the muscle fibers and the structures that surround the muscles - the fascia. When we experience stress and anxiety, this may cause certain activation in the sympathetic nervous system, responsible for our fight or flight response. When we experience high stress, fear, as well as other excitatory emotions, the nerve fibers become hypersensitive and prone to send signals to the nerves that trigger muscle tension and muscle contractions.

Sustained periods of muscle contractions are known as muscle spasms.

Muscle spasms squeeze the nerves contained within the tensed up muscles, and the nerves that pass between these muscles. Sustained periods of muscle tension and contraction may cause debilitating pain, to the point that a person will be unable to move from a lying down position, without serious discomfort. This is one of the theories for why muscle pain lasts so much longer than it should.

Common Causes of a Pulled Back Muscle:Lower back pain may be caused by any health changes or other events that put stress on the lower back. Back pain may be experienced directly due to a structural injury or when the structural injury puts pressure on the spinal nerves in this region of the back.

Common causes of pulled back muscles include falls, sudden movements, lifting while twisting, and lifting heavy objects. Lumbar strain refers to an injury to the back muscles, as opposed to the spinal ligament(s).

These awkward movements may occur while walking, working, playing sports, and even sitting or hunched over a workstation. Sports injuries refer to injuries that are sustained specifically while playing sports. Sports injuries that affect the back may occur in any type of athletic games, though the ones that require frequent twisting of the trunk of the body are the most dangerous to the lower back. Sports injuries that involve a lot of twisting include golf, tennis. Other types of sports injuries that result in a high frequency of lower back injuries include those with sudden impact or jarring motions such as football.

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