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Doctor insights on: How To Heal Muscle Tears In The Upper Back

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How to heal muscle tears in the upper back ?

How to heal muscle tears in the upper back ?

Posture & strengthen: Sounds like you are suffering from myofascial pain. Freshly strained muscle needs time and rest, and take caution not to overstretch the affected area-- this means pay very close attention to your posture (esp sitting, driving, sleeping). Then begin gentle strengthening of the scapular retractor muscles. Use good biomechanics with any lifting, which could reinjure you. Maintain good posture. ...Read more

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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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Injured upper back falling. Muscle is burning/tearing with daily movement and basic living tasks. Treating with cyclobenzaprine/heat. Recommendation?

Injured upper back falling. Muscle is burning/tearing with daily movement and basic living tasks.  Treating with cyclobenzaprine/heat. Recommendation?

Time is generally : needed to allow muscular injuries to heal whether they be contusions &/or pulls. Local modalities like heat &/or ice can help as can activity modification to avoid restraining the muscles as they heal. Use of medication can help with symptoms like cyclobenzoprine, Tylenol & an OTC NSAID if no reasons not to medically. Physical therapy may also be of help if other possible injuries are ruled out ...Read more

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What would cause a sudden muscle pain and tear type sound near the upper back, right under the shoulder blade. Would it be the rhomboid or trapezius?

What would cause a sudden muscle pain and tear type sound near the upper back, right under the shoulder blade. Would it be the rhomboid or trapezius?

Shoulder pain: 29 year old gentleman with sudden pain under the shoulder blade and audible tear. You need a full exam from an orthopaedic surgeon. If you mean the pain was underneath your scapula, the muscle underneath it is called the subscapularis. Tears involving this muscle or its tendon are detected using the lift off test. However, you need a full exam not clear on here. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do muscles always heal ? Have had upper back muscle pain from overstretched rhomboids for around 18 months. Having physio for last year. Helps a bit.

Do muscles always heal ? Have had upper back muscle pain from overstretched rhomboids for around 18 months. Having physio for last year. Helps a bit.

Just about.: Sounds to me that you have not corrected the common activity in your life that is causing your pain. Rhomboid pain usually comes for everyday act.Ivities like reading, knitting, and especially protracted computer use. Muscles do heal, but sometimes with a bit of scar tissue, that can cause the continued pain. ...Read more

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I pulled muscles in upper back doing weight training. What should I do to heal them?

I pulled muscles in upper back doing weight training.  What should I do to heal them?

First: rest: You should lay off any activities that cause discomfort until you feel better. You can use a med like Motrin or aleve or tylenol. U can use ice or alternate ice and heat. If it is getting worse or not improving with rest then you should see a doc to get checked out. ...Read more

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10 years of physical labour. Have chronically over stretched upper back muscles. Can these muscles take years to fully heal ?

No, not if you can -: Go through a physiotherapy program to strengthen the back muscles ; improve the posture. I don't believe it'll take years to improve, but maybe 4-6 months, depending on how much effort you invest in your back's recovery. You are young and if well motivated, I am sure you'll be able to help yourself soon. Muscles get stretched but can recover very well, in months than in years. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can internal scar tissue in upper back muscles caused from overuse, cause prickling burning sensations when it starts to heal when massaged ?

Can internal scar tissue in upper back muscles caused from overuse, cause prickling burning sensations when it starts to heal when massaged ?

Nerve pain: What you are describing is classic nerve pain. If you have not had back surgery the only other source of scar tissue would be from inflammation like arachnoiditis . Often the burning sensation is due to the release of inflammatory mediators as your trigger points are released thru massage. If it continues to be a problem see your physician. ...Read more

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Pain in my upper back muscle when online 13 hours?

Pain in my upper back muscle when online 13 hours?

That should tell you: You have answered the question yourself. The body was not meant to remain hunched over like that for 13 hours. It is a symptom that you asked your muscles do do something too long and they are telling you. They are fatigued and overworked. Don't abuse your body like that and you will be much happier. ...Read more

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Can pulling a muscle in your upper back trigger bronchospasm? Initial pain was muscle pull in back, then bronchospasms ensued (@pedi with hyper kid)

Can pulling a muscle in your upper back trigger bronchospasm? Initial pain was muscle pull in back, then bronchospasms ensued (@pedi with hyper kid)

Stress instead?: Being at the pediatrician with a hyper kid can be very stressful. Bronchospasm can be caused by many things including temperature changes, drafts, stress even laughter. More than likely the muscle strain is separate from the bronchospasm. ...Read more

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How should I address the pain in my upper back muscle?

How should I address the pain in my upper back muscle?

See below: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more