Muscle pain is usually localized, affecting just a few muscles or a small part of the body. Increased tension, stress, overuse and minor injuries can lead to muscle pain. Then, when there are abnormal forces in the muscle or body part, the muscle tendon can become inflamed and irritated as it attaches to the bone. Many tendonitis cases are from repetitive motions or sports.
Typical injuries include:
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is inflammation and irritation at the outside area of the elbow
- Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) is inflammation and irritation at the inside area of the elbow
- Low back pain or strain caused by undue stress on the low back
More generalized muscle pain can be caused by:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Lyme disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
The good news is that Pilates can be beneficial for all types of pain syndromes, especially when trained by a Doctor of Physical Therapy who understands how to progress and/or modify an exercise program.