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A 34-year-old male asked:

Stiff spine/middle back muscles, just below shoulder blades. went swimming 2 days ago, first time in while. can i go jogging/cycling today?

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Dr. Irving Harper
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Be reasonable: Your initial symptoms are a result of underutilize muscles which release lactic acid and creatine with usage. This results in the pain you're having. Once you exercise these muscles really, blood flow will increase and those symptoms won't occur. Same thing with your cycling, start slowly and then increase to prevent excessive pain and fatigue
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
Jogging ok: If a persons back is stiff it's mild muscle strain and should avoid cycling for a few days. Jogging should be ok, but go easy at first if you have not been jogging for a while.
Dr. Forrest Jones
Specializes in Family Medicine
It looks like you have some upper body strain from swimming - not unexpected since you admitted you were out of shape. An easy bike ride, which uses different muscles, should not be a problem. Take it at a comfortable pace, since your goal right now is to develop a consistent activity program. You don't want injuries or frustration to sideline you.
Oct 31, 2014

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