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Doctor insights on: Lower Trapezius Exercises

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Could you give me some exercises for my back, and trapezius muscles?

Could you give me some exercises for my back, and trapezius muscles?

Exercises for back: Both the neck and the back needs gently daily stretching, sometimes some anti inflammatories and healthy core muscle without being overweight to protect it. Maybe an occasional massage helps to loosen things up, and work on a trengthening program to allow your core muscles to take the beating, and that way your spine doesn't have to. Sedentary work/life is not good either.... Motion=lotion! ...Read more

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What are some good isotonic exercises for the trapezius muscle?

What are some good  isotonic exercises for the trapezius muscle?

Her my answer: I like to do dumbell shrugs, and upright rows to work my traps. ...Read more

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When i walk my right shoulder sits lower than my left one. After 10 min of walking my right shoulder and right trapezius hurt. Why?

When i walk my right shoulder sits lower than my left one. After 10 min of walking my right shoulder and right trapezius hurt. Why?

Muscle/nerve injury?: You are describing what sounds like a muscle weakness issue. The trapezius muscle and rhomboids are most likely involved. Direct muscle weakness or injury to the motor nerve "powering" those scapular (shoulder blade) stabilizing muscles needs to be evaluated by a musculoskeletal expert. Seek evaluation with either a sports medicine trained physician (orthopaedic surgeon or family practice). ...Read more

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After a open acj excision when can I begin range of movement/pt exercises or pendulum exercises. I understand that the deltoid/trapezius is separated.

After a open acj excision when can I begin range of movement/pt exercises or pendulum exercises. I understand that the deltoid/trapezius is separated.

Depends: It depends on the soft tissue repair at the time of surgery. Most of my patients do passive range of motion only for 6 weeks to protect the repair. ...Read more

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Will strengthening the trapezius muscle decrease neck pain?

Will strengthening the trapezius muscle decrease neck pain?

Depends: This totally depends on the cause of your neck pain. Strengthening the muscles supporting your neck can help the pain but strengthening some but not all of these muscles can make it worse. You need to work with a physician and/or physical therapist and craft a specific plan to treat the specific cause of your neck pain. ...Read more

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Can exercises to build up the trapezius muscle exacerbate neck pain?

Can exercises to build up the trapezius muscle exacerbate neck pain?

Yes: If you have an underlying painful neck condition, i.E degenerative disc disease/pinched nerve/disc bulge; performing aggressive trapezius strengthening exercises can aggravate it. Try and do strengthening exercises with out weights. Consider working with a knowledgable physical therapist to make sure you are doing the appropriate exercises. Discuss with your md if pt is recommended. ...Read more

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I have a pinched nerve in my Trapezius. What can i do to? and how long would it take to heal? The pain spreads to my Neck, upper & lower back & arms.

Cervical traction: You could take some ibuprofen for a few days to help with the inflammation and pain. However, that is not a good long term solution as it can cause problems such as stomach ulcers etc. Get your doctor to prescribe physical therapy, particularly cervical traction. That can help a good bit with this kind of pain. ...Read more

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During exercise, I might have caused a mild muscle strain or rupture in the upper back area. Probably trapezius or rhomboideus muscle. What to do?

During exercise, I might have caused a mild muscle strain or rupture in the upper back area. Probably trapezius or rhomboideus muscle. What to do?

REST AND HEAT: if you just did it ice will work better to minimize the damage in the muscle. after that, rest and heat is the key to overcome the spasm in the muscle that causing the pain. you can do some stretching exercise to the muscle as well. have some body apply icy hot on the area as well. take aleve, (naproxen) or naprosen, it works better than ibuprofen on muscle. good luck ...Read more

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Is it common for right trapezius muscle to be bigger on right? I don't exercise. My upper back on right has been hurting for one year. Ct chest clear

Is it common for right trapezius muscle to be bigger on right? I don't exercise. My upper back on right has been hurting for one year. Ct chest clear

Are you right handed: That may be the most simple answer. If you are right handed, you perform more movements, carry more things, and generally work out your right arm and shoulder more than your left, which could easily account for some muscle asymmetry, right side larger than left. Ct of the chest probably included most of the trapezius muscles, and could be reviewed to look for any problems (unlikely). ...Read more

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Curved spine. Shoe lift. been told by doctor that I have twisted ribs. I have immense left trapezius pain and daily exercise has not helped nor meds.

Curved spine. Shoe lift. been told by doctor that I have twisted ribs. I have immense left trapezius pain and daily exercise has not helped nor meds.

Need evaluation: You'll need a full evaluation by a scoliosis spine surgeon and a chiropractor with scoliosis experience. As a scoliosis trained spine surgeon, I am also available for a consultation if needed. ...Read more

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I have limited opening of my right jaw. If i don't employ myfront teeth in chewing, will i get TMJ pain and even great ball of soreness in lower right trapezius?

I have limited opening of my right jaw. If i don't employ myfront teeth in chewing, will i get TMJ pain and even great ball of soreness in lower right trapezius?

Front teeth touching: And working together properly in chewing and jaw function is extremely important. Front teeth have a critical role for a having a healthy and stable bite. Muscles are affected when front teeth do not engage properly. Seek consult w your dentist or a dental specialist who understands occlusion/bite. In many cases a bite splint appliance can help diagnostically and help w comfort. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have a half a cm smal node in the lower posterior triangle infront trapezius after a soar throat? Not visibile to the eye in any position?

Is it ok to have a half a cm smal node in the lower posterior triangle infront trapezius after a soar throat? Not visibile to the eye in any position?

Yes: I would say so, it is not uncommon the have swollen lymph nodes during a viral or bacterial infection. Certainly it should resolve quickly as you otherwise begin to feel better and if it persists I would definitely be seen. ...Read more

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Immense trapezius pain. Who do I see tonight?

Immense trapezius pain. Who do I see tonight?

Urgent Care facility: Don't go to er if urgent care is available.Er cost & wait-time is much worse.Consider heating pad/ice, otc meds (ex. Ibuprofen, icyhot, aspercreme) for tonight. Tomorrow, go see your neighborhood osteopathic doctor for a consultation. Hands-on exam & treatment could well help. Much trap pain is actually due to neck, thoracic spine, or rib dysfunction- all treatable by osteopathic manipulation. ...Read more

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How can the trapezius-strengthening ease muster pain?

How can the trapezius-strengthening  ease muster pain?

Shoulder retraction: By strengthening the traps and periscapular muscles, it helps to hold your shoulders back. This better upper back posture can help pain in this area. Work on shoulder shrugs and scapular squeezes daily to improve posture and thus pain. ...Read more

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Is it normal that the left trapezius is bigger than my right?

Is it normal that the left trapezius is bigger than my right?

Yes: We all have a little asymmetry. Have someone look at your back as you lift your arms above your head. If your shoulder blades are also one higher than the opposite side, you should get in to see physical therapy. ...Read more