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Doctor insights on: Sternocleidomastoid Pain

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How much time can you live with a cut in the sternocleidomastoid?

How much time can you live with a cut in the sternocleidomastoid?

As long as only the-: -SCM muscle is cut and no vascular injury is present, you will have a normal life span. The only thing you will have is SCM dysfunction. ...Read more

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What are some good exercises for stretching the sternocleidomastoid?

What are some good exercises for stretching the sternocleidomastoid?

Head rotation : Rotate your head around about 30 degree or so to the left side . Raise your left hand up and grap the right side of the head and pull your head back till you feel like you got good stretch for like 10 seconds.Then release and relax for a second , and repeat again for another 30 seconds for multiple times . And then do it on the other side rotate to the right and use your right hand. ...Read more

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I cannot get the left side sternocleidomastoid and trapezius to relax. I had this for years and now my face on that side is hurting too. What to do?

I cannot get the left side sternocleidomastoid and trapezius to relax. I had this for years and now my face on that side is hurting too.  What to do?

Be evaluated: The two likely possibilities are that there is some underlying problem in your neck, such as a pinched nerve, and then treating that condition will likely help the problem; or that you may have cervical dystonia, for which things like Botox injections and therapy can be helpful. A detailed exam and studies are likely needed for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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My sternocleidomastoid on the right side of my neck is big than the left it pokes out i can see in the mirror and feels large and hard what happenin?

My   sternocleidomastoid on the right side of my neck is big than the left it pokes out i can see in the mirror and feels large and hard what happenin?

There are a ...: Number of structures in the neck deep to the scm that can cause the muscle to displace laterally and look big and feel hard. Large lymph nodes are most common, also tumors and cysts occur here. Torticollis can affect the muscle as can benign and malignant tumors of the muscle, however these are rare. Suggest you see a physician. ...Read more

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I have sternocleidomastoid spasm(torticollitis).What's the treatment?

I have sternocleidomastoid spasm(torticollitis).What's the treatment?

Torticollis: See a neurologist to be examined in detail and to discuss the treatment options, which include medications or Botox treatment. See this link for more information on torticollis, i.e. Dystonia. ...Read more

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Can sternocleidomastoid cause dizziness when laying down?

Can sternocleidomastoid cause dizziness when laying down?

No: This is the name of a muscle, not an abnormality. Ask your DR. "Dizzy" or fainting? Vertigo? Positional vertigo? ...Read more

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Do muscle relaxers help with a injured sternocleidomastoid?

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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In what way can the Sternocleidomastoid Muscle affect the tongue?

In what way can the Sternocleidomastoid Muscle affect the tongue?

Sternocleidomastoid: It doesn't affect the tongue at all. It is connected to the mastoid process behind the ear and goes to the clavicle. It does not impact tongue motion. The tongue itself is mainly a muscle called the genioglossus. Many other muscles impact the motion of the tongue. ...Read more

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Are sternocleidomastoid muscle syndrome and tmjd related? Does one problem cause a flare up of the other? Symptoms of both seem similar.

Often related: The muscles of the head and neck area are often involved in temporomandibular joint disorder. Muscle spasm is a common finding and many different sets of muscles can become tender/spasmotic when the condition flares. Muscle spasm is the body's mechanism to prevent movement of a painful joint. ...Read more

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Can a lump on my back be the result of a pulled sternocleidomastoid muscle

Can a lump on my back be the result of a pulled sternocleidomastoid muscle

No: SCM is located in the front @ the sternum adjacent 2 the prox sterno-clavicular joint and at the side of Ur scull behind the ear along the area of the mastoid. ...Read more