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Been cracking my neck for 2 months, found the back of my neck really sore whenever I tilt/lay weird. Longissimus capitis muscle came up from Google?

Been cracking my neck for 2 months, found the back of my neck really sore whenever I tilt/lay weird. Longissimus capitis muscle came up from Google?

Be careful!: the neck is a sensitive area and because of its flexibility you can easily strain the supporting muscles or even disrupt the discs there. Please seek professional help! All the best! ...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 (prescription) supplemented with acetaminophen. It may take days to weeks to completely heal. ...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 is recovery time for strained latissmus dorsi?

What is recovery time for strained latissmus dorsi?

6 weeks: Muscle tears can take 6 weeks to improve. If it is continually agravated can even take longer. ...Read more

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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

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Movable lump at lattisimus dorsi at the back of the body?

Movable lump at lattisimus dorsi at the back of the body?

Lipoma?: A movable subcutaneous mass in region of latissimus dorsi and that is not inflamed or painful is most likely a benign lipoma. Absent other symptoms, a cancerous growth is most unlikely. That said, a doctor needs to actually feel the mass to give the best differential diagnosis. ...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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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 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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