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Why do stretching exercises sometimes cause more pain?

Sometimes, people will attempt to stretch beyond the limits that the body can handle, which may cause pain. Stretching should only go until there is slight muscle tension. In special populations like seniors and those with neuromuscular disorders it is possible for pain to be present during stretching. Individuals with osteoarthritis, joint replacement or other joint pathologies may experience pain during stretching. Stretching should be avoided in individuals with acute muscle strains or joint injuries. Individuals with acute rheumatoid arthritis should also avoid stretching. Stretching individuals who have these issues may exacerbate the issue or cause additional injury.  

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