Rhabdomyolysis becomes a serious health problem after extreme exercise

(WJLA) - No one will dispute the great benefits of exercise to a person's mental and physical well being.

However, when the amount of exercise is taken way too far, doctors caution that serious health problems can emerge.

Beyond the scope of typical sports injuries, like strains, sprains and general fatigue, a more serious health issue called rhabdomyolysis can emerge.

Defined as a condition that breaks down muscle fibers and releases them into the bloodstream, rhabdomyolysis can cause kidney, liver and other health problems when left untreated.

Typically treated with IV fluids or, in more severe cases, dialysis.

Here's a breakdown of exactly how the disorder can be recognized: