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What is the difference between good and bad muscle pain?

Rick Olderman
Physical Therapy
Quite often I need to educate my clients regarding "good" pain versus "bad" muscle pain. The discomfort of a fatigued muscle feels different than the pain of a muscle strain or impinged joint-pain that indicates injury. Learning to tell the difference between "good" pain (the temporary discomfort of retraining your body) and "bad" pain (pain that indicates injury) is important to your healing process. Generally, what I'm referring to as "good" pain is a feeling of fatigue in the muscles or tissues you are exercising or trying to restore range of motion to.
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