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Tension in my neck, could it cause muscle tenderness?

Tension in my neck, could it cause muscle tenderness?

Yes: Yes, tension throughout the neck and upper back are associated with tenderness. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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What causes a painful muscle spasm in the calf muscle?

What causes a painful muscle spasm in the calf muscle?

A charlie horse.....: Large muscles use a lot of energy to do work, and this is supplied by blood. If the supply is not adequate their can be painful spasm; and if metabolites from heavy activity are not removed there can be spasm. Other causes can be a trapped nerve root irritating the muscle. Some people have greater likelihood of spasm due to underlying genetic causes. ...Read more

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Middle upper back soreness when flexing those muscles and twisting that area. Is it likely muscular?

Middle upper back soreness when flexing those muscles and twisting that area. Is it likely muscular?

Probably muscular: The upper back is full of muscles that help the arms move above your head. They may often become tired or injured, causing soreness with movement. PT may help your symptoms. ...Read more

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Left mid back when pressed hard feel sort of a tender swollen spot, no pain in back or side, could this be a muscle, very nervous!

Left mid back when pressed hard feel sort of a tender swollen spot, no pain in back or side, could this be a muscle, very nervous!

Very likely you: have experienced some sort of injury or trauma to your back. It is likely a muscle strain/soft tissue injury. This is fairly common and a person often doesn't recall how or when it happened. Often there is nothing to see (no bruising, etc). Ice it for 15 min 3-4'times a day; take ibuprofen according to directions. It should slowly improve; if not see your Doctor. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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What causes painful muscle spasm in back of head?

What causes painful muscle spasm in back of head?

Several things: It could be due to trauma, like whiplash injuries or heavy work. Neck degenerative arthritis can do this. Irritation of some of the small nerves to the neck muscles are a possibility. If it is not getting better, talk to your primary doctor or a specialist who takes care of neck problems. ...Read more

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Low back pain for 4 months, tender when touched, right on and around spine. Not pain just uncomfortable. Could it be bone CA? Or tense muscle?

Low back pain for 4 months, tender when touched, right on and around spine. Not pain just uncomfortable. Could it be bone CA? Or tense muscle?

If its muscle: (some give when palpated) its less likely to be due to a metastatic lesion. If the bone itself is tender I recommend getting a bone scan. If not sure have your doctor examine you. I hope this is just a tender muscle. Knowing is so much better than worrying. ...Read more

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Fell straight on left upper back shoulder &the area over the infraspinatus muscle is swollen &there is sharp pain when muscle in the area is used???

Fell straight on left upper back shoulder &the area over the infraspinatus muscle is swollen &there is sharp pain when muscle in the area is used???

Contusion: That is a fairly unlikely mechanism to break something, you may have a contusion. I would use rest, ice, and NSAIDs and if it does not get better in 7-10 days or if it hurts with breathing, I would be seen. ...Read more

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Left side of perineum is sore/tight attimes. Could a tight muscle on left leg cause this? My hip seems slightly to twisted/uneven wasn't b4, imbalanc?

Left side of perineum is sore/tight attimes. Could a tight muscle on left leg cause this? My hip seems slightly to twisted/uneven wasn't b4, imbalanc?

Connected body parts: Good question! Yes, the various parts of your body certainly can and often do cause strains on other parts. The root of your problem may be in your hip, knee, or even your foot. Chiropractors and some DO's (osteopathic doctors), particularly those who specialize in PM&R (physical medicine & rehabilitation) can evaluate you and provide treatment. ...Read more

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Muscle ache in upper back and neck. Could this be muscle strain? Will deep tissue massage or trigger point massage help? Also have severe scoliosis.

Muscle ache in upper back and neck. Could this be muscle strain? Will deep tissue massage or trigger point massage help? Also have severe scoliosis.

Depends where your: scoliosis is located? It can affect the back muscles above and below it to cause muscle strain. MFTP Tx and massage are only temporizing measures. Your best bet is to see a NMM/ OMT Dr. (DO, Doctor of osteopathic medicine), who is a neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialist to help you evaluate the degree of scoliosis, if it's a double scoliosis, and help decompress your spine and muscle strains. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel slight abdominal muscle pain after stretching exercises?Thnks...

Is it normal to feel slight  abdominal muscle pain after stretching exercises?Thnks...

Sure: The abdominal muscles are part of the core muscle group. These muscle are frequently engaged in any exercise, and stretching will certain activate the muscles. Obviously, you shouldn't have pain for a long duration, and it should really just be noticing the muscles more than being in physical pain. ...Read more

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Dad has pain in left lower back. Says it's back pain, muscle feels tense around his rib cage. But the pain is not always there. Is it his kidneys?

See below: Back pain is one symptom felt by somebody who has kidney stone or mass but musculoskeletal pain is a more common cause of back pain, especially with muscle spasms. Have his dr examine him to get accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. Take care. ...Read more

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Lower belly pain on my right side feels like muscle spasm but something is poochy down there?

?hernia: This could be a hernia. The appendix is also on the right lower side if you have not had this previously removed. You should let a doctor check this out. ...Read more

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Left side of back hurt 2 mths. Took muscle relaxers heat/cold massage and nothing is there anything else could be pain in left upper back and middle?

Left side of back hurt 2 mths.  Took muscle relaxers heat/cold massage and nothing is there anything else could be pain in left upper back and middle?

Exercise: Low back pain is very common and could come from a variety of sources. Pain could be caused by muscle, joint, disc or nerve injuries to name just a few. Early return to activity and exercise is the best initial treatment combined with anti-inflammatories. Pain that lasts longer then a few weeks should really be evaluated by a back specialist to diagnose the exact cause. ...Read more

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Can weak posterior deltoid muscles or weak latissimus dorsi muscles cause muscle tension and pain in the back and neck?

Can weak posterior deltoid muscles or weak latissimus dorsi muscles cause muscle tension and pain in the back and neck?

Yes: 20 y male w. pain "neck & back", headaches & fatigue queries if weak latissimus dorsi & deltoids causal. Primary muscles of posture teamwork to keep body-tower upright & vertical. Muscle tone asymmetries impart irregular tower tilts; thereby conscripting compensatory soft tissue spasms & development of "crossed muscle" syndromes; after V. Janda. Gravity Rules! These symptoms suggest fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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