Some aches and pains are simply a result of “weekend warrior” syndrome or the bumps and bruises of life. Others mean something else. Here is a guideline offered by one of the leading orthopedic surgeons on how to interpret pain.
If it did not hurt prior but it really hurts during exercise, there is something wrong. Stop what you are doing and get this checked out quickly.
If it did not hurt while you were training but it hurts a few hours or even days later, odds are that it is not a significant problem. In this case, rehab or simple home remedies are the treatment of choice.
If it hurts when you touch it but not when you use it, it is usually nothing serious at all. Again, nutritional remedies would go a long way to assisting you heal.
If it hurts while you are using it but it is a dull ache versus an acute pain, it is likely not serious. What it typically is, is an indication of a chronic issue. Rehab it.
If it hurts a little during the day but gets worse at night, you probably need professional assistance to rehab this. It is most likely a complex issue that involves multiple organs and/or muscles, tendons or joints.
It it has minor swelling and only faint tenderness, it is probably not a major issue at all.
It it has major swelling, assume it is a major issue until otherwise stated. In other words, get it checked and take it from there.
If it does the “rice crispy” thing — that is, snaps, crackles and pops during training and no pain or reduction of movement associated with it, all is well. A little more Vitamin B12 will help here.
If it interferes with sleep for 3+ nights, get it checked. Do not wait.
If is gets better while you are moving or working out etc., all is right with the world.
If it gets worse after training or movement and you were only able to accomplish a fraction of the norm, get it checked out.
There are times to react and times when Father Time will heal all. Know the difference and act accordingly.
Dr. David Orman