Post-workout muscle pain
Best bets: Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or ASA (Aspirin). Ibuprofen reduces muscle inflammation and swelling, as well as pain. Topical pain-relieving ointments—some of which contain ASA—are available if tablets upset your stomach.
Consider revising your routine if you regularly have pain post-exercise. Adds Meek: “Nothing works better than RICE [rest, ice, compression, elevation] for soft tissue injury.”