Muscle Pain

Muscle pain, also called myalgia, is pain in any of the body's hundreds of muscles that are attached to bones and help the body move and function. Muscle pain is common, can be mild or very painful, and can develop almost anywhere in the body. Muscle pain is most often related to activity that the body is not used to doing; it often occurs when a person is very active on a weekend after being inactive during the week. It is normal to have some muscle pain after a workout, playing sports or even cleaning house, especially if the activity works different muscles in the body that are unaccustomed to much movement.

Muscles become sore because of tiny injuries, or tears, called microdamage in the muscle fibers and connective tissue. Muscle pain often goes away in a few days, but sometimes it can linger. Some muscle pain is systemic, which means the pain is felt throughout most of the body. That type of pain is usually due to infection, illness, or a medication side effect.


Treating pain and freeing the body of its effects requires comprehensive medical management. The physicians and staff of the UAB Medicine Pain Treatment Clinic offer the latest in pain management techniques, backed by the innovation, knowledge, and research of one of the country’s largest academic medical centers.

We recognize that relief from pain is just the first step in longer-term treatment. The multidisciplinary team combines clinical care with image-guided interventions, physical therapy, psychological assistance, medication, and ongoing consults with your primary care physicians.

At our clinic, the needs of each patient are addressed in an individualized manner, and the treatment program is carefully tailored to provide the best possible outcome. We are located at convenient UAB Hospital-Highlands, where access is easy and parking is free.

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UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for the diagnosis and treatment of muscle pain. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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