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A 60-year-old female asked:

What causes pain/spasms by the shoulder blades 1 week after a c5-c6 c6-c7 acdf?

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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
The neck is angry @: -the insult both from before the surg from pain & now insulted again by the surg. Its response from these,more so the fusion is also pain & the neck tries 2 stabilize itself by muscle tightening or spasms. The trapezius is a large posterior stabilizer that has large attachments to the scapula & hence the pain. Also pain is referred from those levels 2 that area. Google trapezius & see.

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Last updated May 8, 2016

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