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How do I treat a pulled back muscle? The muscle is on the inside of the shoulder blade.

How do I treat a pulled back muscle? The muscle is on the inside of the shoulder blade.

Evaluate first: While muscle strain under or next to the shoulder blade is possible, you might also have neurologic issues with the cervical spine. You should ask you family doctor if the pain persists more than several days. ...Read more

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Think I overused arm while letting pulled back muscle heal & now sharp pain in front of 1 shoulder with moving arm. What is this & will icy hot help?

Think I overused arm while letting pulled back muscle heal & now sharp pain in front of 1 shoulder with moving arm. What is this & will icy hot help?

See below: This may be related to tendonitis or bursitis. You will probably want to see your physician if your pain is lasting greater than 2 weeks. Initially a short course of rest, ice, and compression will usually calm the pain down. If this does not help your physician may prescribe anti-inflammatories and physical therapy. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a pulled back muscle

See below: Most minor muscle strains will go away on there own. Heat, gentle stretching, tylenol, (acetaminophen) anti-inflammatories can be helpful for many. Important not to spend too much time laid up in bed as this does not help. If the pain is severe and debilitating, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Pulled back muscle 3 years ago in the gym. Have been doin physio to no avail. Back pain persists in the lower and middle back. Feel fatigue?

Pulled back muscle 3 years ago in the gym. Have been doin physio to no avail. Back pain persists in the lower and middle back. Feel fatigue?

See below: There are many causes of low back pain. The most common cause is usually related to degenerative changes to the discs or joints of the lower spine. It is common for this type of arthritis to be worse in the morning and improve throughout the day. If your pain lasts greater than 2 weeks be sure to see your physician. ...Read more

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I strained my back muscle right below the shoulder blade what should I do to help with the pain?

I strained my back muscle right below the shoulder blade what should I do to help with the pain?

Ice, stretch, meds: Put some ice, do stretches to help with stiffness, take anti inflammatory pills if no contraindications and see your doctor. ...Read more

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Upper back muscle pain, shoulder blade, what kind of dr to see?

Upper back muscle pain, shoulder blade, what kind of dr to see?

Multiple kinds OK: Probably fine to see either a primary care physician (pcp), rheumatologist, or physical medicine & rehabilitation specialist. ...Read more

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Well its 5 months now I had my shoulder blade muscle pulled pains so bad I cant even move neck anywhere but now it pains so slight im facing it daily?

Well its 5 months now I had my shoulder blade muscle pulled pains so bad I cant even move neck anywhere but now it pains so slight im facing it daily?

First question-: Was this medically evaluated? If not, that may be a good place to start. Depending on findings- some possible options could be stretching, heat, massage and acupuncture. Take care. ...Read more

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I pulled several muscles on my back by my right shoulder blade. What can I do for this?

I pulled several muscles on my back by my right shoulder blade. What can I do for this?

NSAIDs & exercise: If just happened rice (rest, exercise and ice) once acute phase over need to do a peri scapular exercise program; back flies, sorted rows, shrugs and lat pull downs). If unfamiliar with above exercises u need can orthopedic eval and therapy. ...Read more

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I think I pulled a muscle in my upper back below the left shoulder blade and it hurts. How do I fix this?

I think I pulled a muscle in my upper back below the left shoulder blade and it hurts. How do I fix this?

Exercise, ice, heat: Gentle range of motion, stretching and walking or any low-impact cardiovascular exercise. Pain can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like advil or aleve (naproxen). Ice for about 45 minutes will address inflammation and swelling, never apply ice to the skin, always over a towel or clothing. Follow this by heat for about 20 to 25 minutes to help soothe and relax tight muscles. ...Read more

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Recently discovered hard lump on my shoulder blade. I work picking up heavy stuff? Did I pull a muscle? Feels uncomfortable to sleep on it.

Probably need exam: Its difficulty to determine what it is without examining it
You may have pulled a muscle and could have spasm
But you may have a lipoma, fibroma, cyst or other
soft tissue mass.
Also an xray would be helpful to determine if there
was any bony masses ...Read more

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38, f, Chest, neck& shoulder blade pain (left). Thought it was a pulled muscle but now I can't sleep. It's been a few weeks.

38, f, Chest, neck& shoulder blade pain (left). Thought it was a pulled muscle but now I can't sleep. It's been a few weeks.

Possibly: 38 yo female has pain in cowl region on one side. This could reflect cervical disk disorder, brachial plexus impingement, Pancost tumor, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome or some other problem. A benign musculoskeletal strain-pain problem is also possible. An Osteopath would be the physician best skilled to conduct proper differential diagnosis, and an MRI might be needed. ...Read more

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I have a pulled muscle in my back right below my right shoulder blade. Please tell me how to get rid of it. I can't sleep and hurts to breathe?

I have a pulled muscle in my back right below my right shoulder blade. Please tell me how to get rid of it. I can't sleep and hurts to breathe?

Myofascial Pain: Sounds like you have a myofascial nodule (muscle knot) of the rhomboid muscle. This is a common yet painful location for a myofascial nodule. I'll bet your sleep is poor. These knots respond to quality sleep and deep friction massage. A pm&r specialist is your best bet at getting proper treatment if your family doc is stumped. ...Read more

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I pulled a muscle just below my left shoulder blade and it affects my left arm movement but now I am getting really bad headaches when I lie down?

I pulled a muscle just below my left shoulder blade and it affects my left arm movement but now I am getting really bad headaches when I lie down?

Myofascial pain?: Perhaps the muscles in the back of your neck and head have been affected by the painful muscles near your shoulder blade, and this is causing or contributing to your headache. If you have been using a lot of pain medication, "rebound headaches" are another possibility. ...Read more

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Pain on rt shoulder blade, I assumed was a pulled muscle. Hasn't gone away after 1 wk and now it's numb and also my right breast is numb in small spot?

Pain on rt shoulder blade, I assumed was a pulled muscle. Hasn't gone away after 1 wk and now it's numb and also my right breast is numb in small spot?

Could be nerve: Pain and numbness can be caused by nerve compression. This often happens as the nerve comes out of the spine. You will need to be seen and examined to know for sure. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have numbness in my arms and hands, weak neck, I pull muscles there easily. My left shoulder blade is always sore.

I have numbness in my arms and hands, weak neck, I pull muscles there easily. My left shoulder blade is always sore.

Be seen: I would certainly be seen and have further testing including possibly an MRI of your cervical spine. Your symptoms could indicate compression of your spinal cord in your spine. ...Read more

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Upper back muscle pain with shoulder pain or lung pain 33 year old female and smoker?

Needs Evaluation: Could be anything from a simple muscle strain, gallbladder problems, a blood clot on the lung to atypical heart pain. Is going to require a thorough history and physical examination as well as EKG, Lab Work, possibly a Chest X-Ray. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Can lipoma cause pain on your shoulder blade muscle?

Can lipoma cause pain on your shoulder blade muscle?

Yes some lipomas: Can cause pain. If it is under the muscle or over 4 inches in diameter, it could turn into a sarcoma, so please have it checked out. ...Read more

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I have pain in my shoulder blade and my shoulder muscle. Is it my trapezius?

Scapula Pain: Inflammation can occur underneath the shoulder blade where there is a bursa. This is called scapulothoracic bursitis and can be treated with therapy, NSAIDS, pain medications, and possibly a steroid injection. Make an appointment with an Orthopaedic shoulder surgeon to be evaluated and discuss treatment options. Take care, Joe Wilson. ...Read more

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I have a burning sensation in the muscle of my shoulder blade. What can I do about it?

Ben gay: You can try over the counter anti-inflammatory or ben-gay. You can also try ibuprofen. A heat compress helps some as well. See your physician if you have further problems. ...Read more

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Can anterior shoulder instability cause nerve, tendon, muscle, shoulder blade problems?

Yes: This is very plausible. To be sure, and due to the complex nature of the shoulder, and evaluation by an orthopedist would determine the exact cause of your symptoms. Best of luck. ...Read more

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How can my boyfriend do to heal the torn muscle under his left shoulder blade on his back?

Massage, rehab: Strains involving muscle require "tincture of time". Massage, topical analgesics, oral nsaids (naprosyn, motrin), and gental range of movement as well as stretches will help. If this significantly limits activity, or increases with deep breath, should see his doctor. ...Read more

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I feel like a muscle between my spine and left shoulder blade is constantly tense. What can I do?

Stretch: Muscle stretching may help. A physical therapist can show you exercises for this. Your doctor or a physical medicine specialist can prescribe this. You could also try heat, cold, massage. ...Read more

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Fell of horse at 19. Had severe pain under my right lower shoulder blade. Couldn't move my are for 12weeks. Have reoccurring problems with the muscles?

Fell of horse at 19. Had severe pain under my right lower shoulder blade. Couldn't move my are for 12weeks. Have reoccurring problems with the muscles?

What sort of prob---: Lems are you talking about? Is is painful or is it weakness??
Most likely you had Fractured your Scapula with maybe some ribs as well. Was your spine okay or was it also injured?
I think if you could elaborate on your symptoms and history, one could help you.
What did your Docs say?? ...Read more

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What would be a good way to take care of a muscle spasm in my shoulder blade?

Evaluation: Muscle spasm in that area could be secondary to stress, posture, muscle weakness, poor set up at work (ergonomics) or all of the above combine among other reasons. Visit your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Which muscle rubs can third trimester woman use safely on shoulder blade?

Which muscle rubs can third trimester woman use safely on shoulder blade?

Any: If it's a topical over the counter it will not create fetal toxicity; lest company be out of business. ...Read more

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I constantly have a knot behind my right shoulder blade, it moves when it is touched. Is it muscle related? Or should I have it checked out?

Lump near shoulder: There are a few possibilities. If it is painful and no lump or nodule is found then it can muscle spasms causing a knot. It could be a cyst or a lipoma which is a fat collection. If the size of it is greater than 1 cm or it has grown recently or has become more painful or it is causing other symptoms like numbness then I would have it evaluated. ...Read more

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I get deep muscle Paine on my shoulder blade when sitting or standing for a long time. Just the left side and it throbs when relaxed or massaged?

I get deep muscle Paine on my shoulder blade when sitting or standing for a long time. Just the left side and it throbs when relaxed or massaged?

Scapula pain: Pain in this region may actually be referred from a pinched nerve in your neck or thoracic spine from a bulging disc or vertebral spur. Of course examination of the scapula area itself would be important. If symptoms persist see your physician or orthopedic specialist for diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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I experience pain in the muscle by my left shoulder blade;it happens when I try to keep the right posture. Any tips on why it is so or how to cure it?

I experience pain in the muscle by my left shoulder blade;it happens when I try to keep the right posture. Any tips on why it is so or how to cure it?

Family Practice: This sounds like you may have a ms strain either from heavy lifting or over use. Trying to exercise after a lay off commonly can cause this injury. Then any movement can cause spasm or tightening in that area. Alternate ice with heat and take antiinflamatory physical therapy may be helpful. ...Read more