Ezekiel 34:16a - I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak.
You went to work out at the gym yesterday and pushed yourself hard, and today it feels like every muscle is stiff and sore.
You were taking a walk yesterday when you tripped over a branch, across the sidewalk, fell and were injured. The pain lingered so you went to the ER and found out that you broke your arm.
You did a lot of work in your yard yesterday trimming your rose bushes, pulling weeds and moving a pile of wood. Today you find that you can hardly move. Everything is sore.
Two years ago you were in a traffic accident and you still feel a catch in your neck that won’t go away. Your doctor is now suggesting you have surgery to fuse two cervical discs together, but you worry it won’t work and you’ll end up with chronic pain the rest of your life.
Is there a real difference between being sore or in pain? Yes there is and knowing the difference between the two is important for what kind of treatment you will receive.
The soreness from exercise or from doing something you’re not used to doing can last in the short term 24-72 hours and can cause a dull ache. But an injury can cause a sharp pain for a longer period of time than soreness, and sometimes lasts for the rest of your life. There are also certain diseases such as arthritis that can cause pain, also.
Here’s a couple of ways that soreness is different than pain from the article on moveforwardpt.com titled, “Soreness vs Pain: What’s the difference”: Muscle soreness is tender when touching muscles, tired or burning feeling while exercising, minimal dull, tight and achy feeling at rest; pain is sharp at rest and when exercising.
Treatment for soreness which affects muscles can be relieved by physical therapy, stretching and alternating ice and heat on the area affected; whereas, pain affects muscles or joints and is helped by rest, ice, heat, physical therapy and sometimes surgery. Whether it’s soreness or pain, if it lasts more than one to two weeks, it’s important to make an appointment with your doctor to ensure that you get the right treatment.
God will also seek you out just as you seek out a doctor to help you to find out what can be done. God will bind up the soreness or pain and strengthen you when you are weak. Take your cares to God and he will help you get through it.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.