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Doctor insights on: Exercise After Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction

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What exercise can I do with a strained latissimus dorsi?

What exercise can I do with a strained latissimus dorsi?

Careful stretching.: Avoid pull downs until it has healed. You can do curls, triceps and exercises with the upper arms close to the body. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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What type of exercises should I avoid 6 yrs after breast reconstruction using the latissimus muscle?

What type of exercises should I avoid 6 yrs after breast reconstruction using the latissimus muscle?

Swimming: If the lats were used to reconstruct your breasts, swimming suchs as front crawl may exacerbate pain symtpoms. Breast stroke, reverse stroke and doggy paddling should all be well tolerated.
In addition, I would not recommend excessive pullup or lat- pull downs ...Read more

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How do I determine if I have a torn latissimus dorsi?

How do I determine if I have a torn latissimus dorsi?

Need more evaluation: That would be an unusual injury. The pain would be near your armpit and would probably hurt there to reach overhead or to pull something down from overhead. A clinician should be able to determine if you need an MRI or a musculoskeletal ultrasound. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve the pain from a pulled latissimus dorsi?

What can I do to relieve the pain from a pulled latissimus dorsi?

Rest: The mainstays of therapy for muscle strain include resting the muscle and avoiding movements that cause pain; application of ice for up to two days after the injury; wrapping the muscle in an elastic bandage; and pain medications (nsaids) such as ibuprofen, Aleve (otc) or Mobic (meloxicam) (prescription) supplemented with acetaminophen. It may take days to weeks to completely heal. ...Read more

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Is the latissimus dorsi a flexor or extensor?

Is the latissimus dorsi a flexor or extensor?

Several roles: It serves to extend, adduct, transversely extend, and internally rotate the shoulder. It works with other muscles to provide extension and lateral flexion of the lower spine area. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing pain and pulsation just between latissimus dorsi and rectus abdominus. Please advise?

I'm experiencing pain and pulsation just between latissimus dorsi and rectus abdominus. Please advise?

Pain and Pulsation: You must get your self examined immediately, especially if you have worked out too hard and there may be a tear in the muscle causing pain and making it easy to feel inside pulsations. ...Read more

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I think I pulled my latissimus dorsi from swinging a bat wrong and it has been hurting for almost a month. What should I do to heal it?

I think I pulled my latissimus dorsi from swinging a bat wrong and it has been hurting for almost a month. What should I do to heal it?

Stretch and Strength: If stretching, icing, strengthening and physical therapy do not help in a few weeks, I would see a sports medicine trained physiatrist (physical medicine ; rehabilitation) doctor. ...Read more

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I'm having continual dull spasms under my left latissimus dorsi muscle area. No injury has taken place or overuse do to workouts. Any suggestions?

I'm having continual dull spasms under my left latissimus dorsi muscle area. No injury has taken place or overuse do to workouts. Any suggestions?

Messy muscle: Most likely the cause is one of several things: repetitive use, even if small amplitude; persistent postural stress; or an underlying structural problem, such as rib injury, tumor or low grade infection. ...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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Can weak posterior deltoid muscles or weak latissimus dorsi muscles cause muscle tension and pain in the back and neck? Source: HealthTap

TENSION pain: One has to realize that all of our muscles throughout the body are interactive, thus if one part or one side becomes weak or loses tone, it affects the surrounding muscle groups. Hence yes there will be an effect on the upper bac and neck by loss of muscle tone in some of the post shoulder musculature. Get up with a good physiotherapist for direction and oint earring how to retrainthe weak muscles ...Read more

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What causes abnormal needle EMG in Latissimus dorsi muscles (on the sides- no electrical activity), upper arms/body weakness and scapular winging?

What causes abnormal needle EMG in Latissimus dorsi muscles (on the sides- no electrical activity), upper arms/body weakness and scapular winging?

Injury 2 the long--: --thoracic nerve of Bell. It inervates (sp) the serratus anterior which stabilizes the scapula. This wwould cause scapular winging, & poor function of the arm, , as the function depends on a stable scapula. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing a strong jerk/twitch in my Latissimus muscle couple times a day for the past 5-6 months. Should I be concerned?

I've been experiencing a strong jerk/twitch in my Latissimus muscle couple times a day for the past 5-6 months. Should I be concerned?

Fasciculation: A brief contraction of a bundle of muscle fibers is normally a fasciculation. It is no cause for concern. Weakness, reduced muscle bulk and pain are important symptoms though. ...Read more

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I have a dull pain towards the back of the armpit. When feeling for the tender area I think it may be the latissimus Doris. Pain came on after swingin?

I have a dull pain towards the back of the armpit. When feeling for the tender area I think it may be the latissimus Doris. Pain came on after swingin?

NICE: Anatomy "sense"....it may be that muscle strained/sprained by swinging (on what??)
In any case a strain/sprain will last for 7-10 days giving pain when the muscles involved are USED.
Applying ICE at first (24-48 hours) then HEAT to increase circulation in the area and promote healing is the best advice I can provide on-line

Hope it helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I either have a teres major/latissimus dori or fractured rib? Shlud I see a doctor? Area below my armpit. Hurts when I cought sometimes, lying on back.

I either have a teres major/latissimus dori or fractured rib? Shlud I see a doctor? Area below my armpit. Hurts when I cought sometimes, lying on back.

See a Doctor: A teres major and latissimus dorsi are muscles in your upper extremity not a pathologic entity.
A fracture rib can cause pain with breathing or coughing, but usually has a distinctive injury to start the pain.
I would recommend you get a consult with a physician to locate the cause of your pain. ...Read more

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What is treatment for latisimus strain? Pain has been recurring for 4 months now.

What is treatment for latisimus strain? Pain has been recurring for 4 months now.

Test, avoid sports: Due to the chronic nature of your problem
i think you will require some physical therapy
the fact that the injury has not resolved over
4 months tells me you are likely doing something either at work or play that is exacerbating the problem or at least preventing it from going away. ...Read more

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What types of exercise should be avoided after an ACL reconstruction?

What types of exercise should be avoided after an ACL reconstruction?

Varies: Initially after acl reconstruction you are placed in a brace with the knee locked in extension. Pt starts soon afterwards. Most doctors agree to avoid leg extension (open chain) exercises since this may put unwanted stress on the knee. Once you have restore function to the knee you twisting and cutting exercises maybe started around 3 months and return to sports 6-9 months depending on things. ...Read more

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Hand flapping in adults?

Hand flapping in adults?

Tremor: This sounds like a tremor, which could be neurological and needs evaluation. ...Read more

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Hand flapping continue in autistic adults?

Hand flapping continue in autistic adults?

It certainly can: Hand flapping sometime fades over time, but it is not at all uncommon for it to continue throughout the life of an autistic individual. It is not harmful, per se; but, when excessive, it can interfere with other more productive behaviors. When severe, it sometimes is treated with antipsychotics, which typically reduce both frequency and duration of the hand flapping. ...Read more