(Originally posted January 14, 2012)

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is what you feel 24-48 hours after a workout. What causes this condition is still the subject of controversy but in general, its thought that there’s tearing and inflammation that occurs in the muscle during a workout. It can also be a sign of lactic acid building in the muscle. One opinion is that the micro-trauma caused in the muscle causes the body to repair it in a way that’s stronger and denser than it previously was.

The good news is that once you get past this period of soreness-(which can last up to 72 hours as your body works to repair the muscle), that same activity shouldn’t make you that sore or sore at all because they should have adapted to that level of overload—You have gotten stronger.

Keep reading to find out how to prevent and treat DOMS.