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What is bad muscle pain?

Rick Olderman
Physical Therapy
Avoidance of good pain -- ignoring your body's signals -- often leads to "bad" pain. Bad muscle pain is difficult to describe because everyone experiences it differently. It can be sharp or dull, nagging or acute. It is the pain you are trying to eliminate, the pain of injury or dysfunction. It is something you feel that you instinctively know shouldn't be happening.

You should only feel fatigue in the muscles you are targeting. During a biceps curl, for example, if you feel pain at the shoulder or elbow joints while performing the curl, then you know you're experiencing bad pain. The biceps muscles are located between the shoulder and elbow joints. If you feel pain above or below the biceps muscles, it is likely that you are lifting too heavy a load or allowing your elbows to move too much. The habits that cause bad pain ultimately compromise your efforts, leading to tissue vulnerability and weakness -- and more pain.
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