Muscle injury can be caused by a number of things. Acute injuries come as the result of a trauma, often occurring during sports, while repetitive muscle injuries are caused by overuse. Even sitting still can cause muscle pain and injury. People who work at a desk all day often experience posture-related back or neck pain.
Whatever the origin, muscle injuries can slow you down – and even put you on the sidelines long-term.
When your body is injured, irritated, or suffering from an infection, the affected cells send out a distress signal. Your immune system responds by producing inflammation. This inflammatory response is a vital component of your body’s natural defense system and is how your body heals. However, long-term inflammation can cause a cascade of ongoing health issues.