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This Is the Best Way to Treat Sore Muscles After a Workout

TIME—April 16, 2018

TIME reports on some common questions around muscle soreness as it relates to workouts.

According to Ryan J. Lingor, MD, primary care sports medicine physician at HSS, it can be common to develop soreness especially after starting a new workout regimen.

However, there are red flags that may suggest when the pain is not normal. Dr. Lingor explains how soreness is typically symmetrical, so if you experience significantly more pain on one side of the body, there may be an injury.

Additionally, normal soreness usually develops between 24 and 36 hours after a workout and will recede within three days. If it lingers longer, that may be a sign of something more serious.

"There’s no real effective treatment for delayed-onset muscle soreness," says Dr. Lingor. "The best thing actually is low-impact activity."

Dr. Lingor adds that you can minimize the impact of soreness by staying properly hydrated, recovering adequately after a hard workout and eating healthy sources of carbohydrates and protein post-exercise.

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