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A 26-year-old female asked:

What is the best way to treat sore muscles?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Depends on cause: There are many reasons one's muscle or muscles can become sore. For example, a person can be overusing her muscles, or can be out of shape due to underusing them and then hurting after doing "normal" levels of activity. Sometimes a person can have medication effects that cause muscle symptoms. Also common are flu-like illnesses in which viruses hurt the muscles. Details matter.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What is the best way to cure/treat sore muscles?

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Dr. Dennis Giannini
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 36 years experience
Exercise, ice, heat: Gentle range of motion, stretching and walking or any low-impact cardiovascular exercise. Pain can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like advil or aleve (naproxen). Ice for about 45 minutes will address inflammation and swelling, never apply ice to the skin, always over a towel or clothing. Follow this by heat for about 20 to 25 minutes to help soothe and relax tight muscles.
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A 48-year-old female asked:

What is the best way to get rid of sore muscles?

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Dr. Prem Gulati
Internal Medicine 47 years experience
REST: Rest is the best medicine for sore musles.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is way to relieve sore muscles?

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Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
Rheumatology 25 years experience
Find out the cause: Sore muscles have many causes. First go to your health care provider to find the cause. This will lead to the most effective treatment. While you are waiting to get in, ok to try applying heat or cold for twenty minutes every 3 hours. Make sure it's not too hot or too cold. Some people respond better to heat or cold so experiment.

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