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Diffuse Pain

Based upon your answers, your pain could be due to muscle strain, tendonitis, or sprain. It may improve on its own in a short amount of time.

To decrease pain, rest and avoid those activities that may have triggered the pain. Over-the-counter pain medications, topical treatments (such as IcyHot or BenGay), or the application of ice may also provide some relief.

Here are some other ideas:

Rest. For example, if playing tennis or jogging preceded your diffuse pain, avoid those activities until the pain has subsided or resolved.

Stretch often. For example, if you do activities that require a great deal of muscle or joint use (such as jogging or biking) stretch before you exercise and again during and after.

Use a cool or cold compress on the sore areas, especially if your pain started after overuse. If pain persists, use a heating pad on the sore area.

Consult a physical therapist or other practitioner. For some individuals, a supervised stretching and exercise program, ultrasound treatment, electrical stimulation, or alternative approaches (e.g., massage and chiropractic care) may help.

Use a heating pad on the sore area. Be careful not to burn the skin.

Use a combination of the options above.

If needed, your health care provider may recommend prescription strength medications.

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