Legs take the brunt of daily physical activity, therefore ongoing leg pain is both highly uncomfortable and inconvenient because of the reliance (and constant weight) we place on our legs. Pain and stiffness are often attributed to aging or physical activity. While this is typically the case, ongoing pain may be a sign of a more serious physical condition. There are many causes of leg pain ranging from physical injury to serious and possibly life-threatening conditions. To be certain of an accurate diagnosis, it is always best to consult a medical professional concerning the source and symptoms of ongoing discomfort.
Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)
Delayed onset muscle soreness occurs after a workout and is felt within the recovering muscle. Pain, stiffness and limited mobility may not be felt immediately after training but may occur within twenty-four to forty-eight hours. DOMS is the body’s natural inflammatory response to micro tears occurring in the muscle as a result of physical activity. This can occur due to a number of weight-bearing activities including physical labor, gardening, and yard work and is not just confined to what may seem like the greater strains of weightlifting or exercise activities. Stretching and light movement may dissipate the pain associated with DOMS as these increase blood flow to the area, accelerating healing.