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Rhomboid Strain Treatment
Think I have rhomboid problem. Pain started 2 weeks ago - no obvious reason. Has got worse. Now only eases when flat on my back. Treatment?
Injections are the most useful treatments for Rhoboid pain! See a good Physiatrist or Pain Specialist for help!
Hope this helps!!
Dr Z ...Read more
Rhomboid muscle strains are treated conservatively (non-surgically). You will have to avoid any activity that makes the condition worse, which may involve temporarily changing your sport to one that does not involve using the strained muscles.
The application of ice to the affected area will help to reduce inflammation and pain. Ice can be crushed in a bag, covered with a towel, and placed under the back when you lie down. You can apply ice every few hours for the first two or three days after the injury, and keep the ice in position for as long as is comfortable.
After a couple of days of treating the area with ice, hot showers can often be an effective treatment for pain associated with rhomboid muscle strain.
You can take over-the-counter NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) according to instructions, or your doctor may prescribe stronger medication if necessary. Examples of NSAIDs are ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve) and aspirin.
Massage can provide relief, and can be done at home quite easily by placing a tennis ball on the floor, lying down and rolling the ball under the rhomboid muscles.
Physical therapy in the form of exercises will be recommended. You will be advised when it is safe to start performing the exercises. Go carefully and do not continue to exercise if you are finding it painful.
When you are able to move your arms and shoulders without pain, you can resume your normal activities. Recovery times depend on the individual, but the sooner you start treatment after the injury, the shorter the recovery time will be ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have constant pain in my rhomboid muscle that sometimes travels down my arm, up my neck. There is knot too. How do I tell if it's a strain or tear?
Exam: Impossible to give accurate DX without an exam ...Read more
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
Rest: Depends on type and location of the injury. Rest, ice and antiinflammatories can help see a specialists that treats your problems if your injury persists. Dr l. ...Read more
Test, avoid sports:
Due to the chronic nature of your problem
i think you will require some physical therapy
the fact that the injury has not resolved over
4 months tells me you are likely doing something either at work or play that is exacerbating the problem or at least preventing it from going away. ...Read more
No: If you know it isn't bacterial but how would you be certain. ...Read more
Rest and stretching: For a grade 1 or 2 strains recovery involves rest, stretching, and controlled strengthening. Icing and stretching afterwards can be done a few times a day. When pain free full range of motion is attained through stretching, you may progress to controlled strengthening that would include stationary bicycle and eccentric exercises. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NSAIDs, stretching: low back pain is a common problem. While disc disease and degeneration often is seen on x Rays, muscle is still the most common reason for continues pain. Therefore, anti inflammatories and muscle relaxants are good medicine choices. Stretching, massage, and strengthening will help. Learning proper ergonomics will prevent recurrences. PT can help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How can be for mild secliosis cause rotater cuff strain and anterior shoulder pain? And what is the best treatment here?
Varies: Mild scoliosis itself does not typically cause rotator cuff or anterior shoulder pain. Certainly a patient with scoliosis can have these problems with their shoulder, but they are usually not related. If a patient has persistent rotator cuff problems that do not respond to simple things such as rest or antiinflammatory medications, then physical therapy is often the next step and can often help. ...Read more
I had reoccurrent uti 5 years ago. It came back a month ago, pos for resistnt e.coli strain. Got the treatment. Now 2 weeks later - symptoms in the AM?
Inflammation: IN the situations you mentioned, the common reason for pain is inflammation which is treated with steroid injections many times, so the same medication can be used to treat all these conditions, however, the dose may be different and excessive doses may lead to irreversible complications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cold pack, but...: Was there a fall or other trauma? If so, please see a doctor for evaluation and possible X-ray. A "sprained wrist"often turns out to be a fracture. A cold pack applied to the area will help with swelling and pain. Do not apply ice directly to the skin, and use the cold pack for about 5 minutes ...Read more
I have pain on top of foot, assuming a ligament strain like a had a year ago from overuse. I don't know the best treatment for this?
Get re-evaluated: Pain could be as a result of many different things. One would need to do a thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams to determine the exact cause. Have it re-evaluated. Treatment depends on the exact cause of the problem. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers