If you exercise regularly, you're probably familiar with the "good" kind of sore and the "bad" kind of sore. When your triceps ache because you did an extra few sets while lifting weights the day before or your glutes are burning from running hills, that's typically a signal from your body to your brain that your muscles are in repair mode after a good workout. But when you start experiencing soreness or sharp pain in joints like your knees, wrists, or ankles, that could be a sign of unwanted inflammation.
"Repetitive stress injuries in the ligaments and tendons are a sign of inflammation," explains chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia expert Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. "This often causes pain around the joints, which is mistaken for arthritis. You can distinguish it by pushing over the tendon area and reproducing the pain."
So, which types of workouts are causing inflammation, and what can you do about it? Here's what you need to know.