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I injured my rhomboid muscle group in june, was told recovery wold be ten days/two weeks, but still in a lot of pain. Is this normal?

I injured my rhomboid muscle group in june, was told recovery wold be ten days/two weeks, but still in a lot of pain. Is this normal?

No: These muscles can take a long time to heal. If you haven't, you may want to consider physical therapy, where they can do electrostimulation therapy and deep tissue release. If the symptoms persist, then an MRI may be warranted to look for a tear in the muscle. ...Read more

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I believe I injured my rhomboid muscle a week ago @ a sporting event. How can I tell if it's just a strain or a tear? How long should recovery take

I believe I injured my rhomboid muscle a week ago @ a sporting event. How can I tell if it's just a strain or a tear? How long should recovery take

Likely sprain: The muscle is likely sprained since this muscle is rarely torn in sports. The only way to be sure would be to do an imaging study such as an MRI or a musculoskeletal ultrasound performed in office by many sports medicine physician. The other thing to be considered as causing your lingering pain would be an injury to your long thoracic nerve resulting in a subtle winging scapula. Go see your doc. ...Read more

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Regarding upper back issues of mine, overused and stretched muscles, traps / rhomboids etc. What causes the muscles to give a burning sensation?

Regarding upper back issues of mine, overused and stretched muscles, traps / rhomboids etc. What causes the muscles to give a burning sensation?

Exercise or strain: New exercise or activity? May cause dom delayed onset muscle soreness (typically about 48 hours after the increase use of those muscles). May last a few days to a week or two.

Alternatively, sudden/acute burning may indicate a strain, which may take a few weeks to several months to resolve.

Massage or foam roller may help, if this is not a muscle strain. ...Read more

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How could you treat chronic muscle tension/strain of the rhomboid?

How could you treat chronic muscle tension/strain of the rhomboid?

Relax: A program of flexibility and stretching e.g. Yoga can help. Chronic tension in this area can also be referred from the neck, in which case an x-ray can be revealing. Finally, this can be a sign of general stress in your life. Make sure there isn't something going on in your life that may be driving this specific muscle issue for you. ...Read more

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How can you treat chronic muscle tension and/or strain of the rhomboid?

PT or chiro: Nsaids for pain and some musculoskeletal work inclusive of soft-tissue massage, estim or ultrasound prn, and correction of any muscle imbalances. Who does the soft tissue work is up to you. I usually prescribe pt, but a chiro can likely do much of this as well. ...Read more

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3 weeks ago I think I injured my rhomboid/overexertion. My neck was stiff/headache/sore. Still is but not as much. Can feel rhomboid pain. What to do?

3 weeks ago I think I injured my rhomboid/overexertion. My neck was stiff/headache/sore. Still is but not as much. Can feel rhomboid pain. What to do?

Rhomboids: Rhomboid muscle injury is usually caused by overuse of your shoulder and arm. This can happen from:
Overhead activities, Rowing, Carrying a heavy backpack, Poor posture, especially while you are using a computer for a long time. Injury causes pain in the upper back between your shoulder blade and your spine and tightness in the muscles ...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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Got back pain for many years. Left side near Scapula (probably Rhomboid major muscle).Doing stretching every day. IT job (lot of sitting).Any idea? Thx

Got back pain for many years. Left side near Scapula (probably Rhomboid major muscle).Doing stretching every day. IT job (lot of sitting).Any idea? Thx

Ergonomics: Most people with desk jobs do not have the appropriate desk setup. Usually keyboards are too high and cause back problems. An easy start is using the rule of "90"s - elbow, hips and knees should be at 90 degrees when sitting with head and shoulders neutral and feet on the floor. A keyboard drawer can be added to most desks to lower it. Make sure the screen keeps you looking straight ahead. ...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?

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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Accessory breathing muscles including upper trapezius, intercoastals, pecs, and rhomboid muscles have been sore for months. Causing breathing problems?

Accessory breathing muscles including upper trapezius, intercoastals, pecs, and rhomboid muscles have been sore for months. Causing breathing problems?

Other way around: When you have breathing problem syou use your accessory muscles to help you breath. The accessory muscles could ache when over used. The sequence of events is therefore:
shortness of breath, accessory muscle use and then muscle strain. ...Read more

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Went to doctors she said my rhomboid muscle strain levator scapulae, trapezius can this cause chest tightness?

Went to doctors she said my rhomboid muscle strain levator scapulae, trapezius can this cause chest tightness?

Yes: As the muscles of the back and the neck tighten they pull on the muscles of the chest, pull the ribs to a disadvantaged position even for breathing. The pull alone causes tightness, and the pull on the ribs can even change the position of the diaphragm for breathing. Ask your doctors for proper pain medicine, and muscle relaxants and perhaps physical therapy if needed. ...Read more

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What will happen to the gallbladder if the muscle tissues are injured?

What will happen to the gallbladder if the muscle tissues are injured?

What muscle tissues: If the entire gall bladder wall is inflamed then all layer of the GB are effected not just one layer. The GB is non functional and server as a nidus for an abscess ...Read more

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Ways to help my injured back muscle to heal?

Ways to help my injured back muscle to heal?

Rest is key: For back problems, the key is to allow the
injury to heal. If one keeps performing the
exacerbating activity, there is no reason
for the injury to heal
the symptoms can be helped with nsaid,
muscle relaxants and physical therapy.
Unfortunately, time is the key for almost
any injury to heal which is what athletes
don't want to hear. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I injured a back muscle or my spine?

It hurts: If you have a sufficient mechanism to have pulled a muscle in the back and you feel a muscular pain the resolves after several days, then you could certainly have had a "lumbar strain". If it does not resolve after 7-10 days, it may be something more. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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What to do if I injured hamstring muscle what should I do?

What to do if I injured hamstring muscle what should I do?

Time: If, as u say, u have sustained a hamstring strain, then immediate rice is appropriate. Taking a NSAID for a few days after the initial bleeding and swelling has ceased can help. Some physicians who see many of these injuries in athletes prefer a steroid for a week (like a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak).Most importantly is rest and avoiding re- injury. Refrain from returning to sports before u have healed! Gl! ...Read more

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Do muscle relaxers help with a injured sternocleidomastoid?

Maybe a little: Muscle injuries generally respond well to ice, rest, stretching, and time. Medications like nsaids (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc...) can help decrease inflammation in and around the muscle. Muscle relaxers can sometimes be helpful, but have the undesirable side effects of drowsiness and sometimes disorientation. Consult with your physician to decide what combination of treatments is best for you. ...Read more

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I think I injured my shoulder while bench pressing. How do I check where my injured muscle/area is?

I think I injured my shoulder while bench pressing. How do I check where my injured muscle/area is?

Hard to say: If you have pain, there's a good chance the injury is where it hurts. You need to say what makes you feel you have an injury. Some are easily diagnosed on the surface by looking, palpating and moving the shoulder. Others require imaging such as x-ray or MRI to visualize the precise nature of the injury. But if there is not pain or loss of motion, do not worry. ...Read more

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I have a sudden pain in the middle of my chest. I'm not sure how I may have injured it. Is it possible its a torn muscle or is it something else?

Could be: If pain is reproduced with deep palpation or stretching most likley muscular if not furthar testing is needed. ...Read more

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To avoid complications, for how many days should injured (due to blunt trauma) muscles with minor pain be rested and off pain-exercebating activities?

To avoid complications, for how many days should injured (due to blunt trauma) muscles with minor pain be rested and off pain-exercebating activities?

Contusion: Damage caused by contusions of muscle require resting that muscle group until all pain and tenderness have resolved. Ecchymosis (black and blue discoloration) may take longer to completely clear, but full activity can be resumed before that without further damage as long as there is no pain on use or tenderness. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have injured my calf muscle?

How can I tell if I have injured my calf muscle?

Injured calf muscle: Generally, pain is the first indicator. As well as swelling, bruising, tenderness, limited range of motion at associated joint (s), etc. Have a doc check it out for you. ...Read more

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One bone next to an injured muscle keeps on coming out of alignment. Could it be that the muscle be weak?

Do not believe so: Usually a joint is the anatomical part that could be mal aligned, bone itself does not unless is fractured., thera are other intrinsic bone pathology that can cause deformities. A joint can be unstable if there is ligamentous damage that can not hold the joint in proper aligment or severe arthritis can cause deformities as well ...Read more

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I run about 5 days a week and I think my adductor muscles are injured. Is there another cardio workout I can do that doesn't use these muscles?

Legs In A Pinch?: Well, firstly, just how do you run? Do you do a lot of lateral moves or sprints or hurdles? What I mean is that over-use of adductor muscles is rather unusual during a routine jog. You might try an indoor or outdoor bike. Another way to do cardio is super sets with light to medium weights. Even just with upper body work you'll get a good pump.Swimming might work, just pay attention to your adductors. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I injured my calf muscle, tear or pull?

What do you suggest if I injured my calf muscle, tear or pull?

Calf muscle: This cannot be diagnosed on a computer. See your physician (podiatrist, orthopedist, family doc) for an evaluation ...Read more