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Doctor insights on: Thoracic Paraspinal Muscles

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What are remedies on paraspinal muscle spasms?

What are remedies on paraspinal muscle spasms?

Treatment of spasm: Treatment of paravertebral muscle spasm includes pharmacological (muscle relaxants) and non-pharmacological such as heating pad, massage, physical therapy and stretching. ...Read more

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How much time does it take paraspinal muscles to heal in your neck?

How much time does it take paraspinal muscles to heal in your neck?

Depends: Hi
Depends on the injury and how large an area was involved, but I would expect that it could take weeks. Some injuries, like muscle tears and detachments may not heal fully on their own. Keep in mind also that there are other anatomical structures in the neck other than muscles that can be injured. If you're in severe pain, please see your local doctor. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Can the paraspinal muscles be repaired if they tore? Who could evaluate, treat, diagnose a paraspinal tear? Can muscles pulled from neck be repaired?

No, not Realy: Paraspinal muscles have good blood supply and may be expected to heal when the injury is supported. Ligaments can also be injured when muscles tear, and they do not heal easily. Prolotherapy is a technique to stabilize them. The issue is not repair, but how to maximize healing. A physiatrist who specializes in spine can diagnose and treat these injuries. ...Read more

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What is paraspinal muscle spasm?

Spine muscle pains: Pain and tenderness in the large muscles near the spine are common with many forms of arthritis, strain, or injury. ...Read more

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Damaged paraspinal muscles in lower back. Was told by 3 spine surgeons that there is nothing surgically can be done please help?

Damaged paraspinal muscles in lower back. Was told by 3 spine surgeons that there is nothing surgically can be done please help?

They are right: First of all how was this "damage" caused and how was it diagnosed? When fusing spines for scoliosis I rip all the "paraspinal muscles" off the bone and they heal fine. I would suspect that your symptoms are due to something else. ...Read more

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Does tenderness of the paraspinal muscles near the shoulders indicate a neurological dysfunction?

Does tenderness of the paraspinal muscles near the shoulders indicate a neurological dysfunction?

Paraspinal tendernes: Not always. It could be inflammation in the muscle or from a strain. A physical exam and history would narrow the diagnoses ...Read more

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I'm 36& have severe paraspinal muscle atrophy. What are the odds of me ending up in a wheelchair? I have frequent falls&was told no cure?

I'm 36& have severe paraspinal muscle atrophy. What are the odds of me ending up in a wheelchair? I have frequent falls&was told no cure?

Depends on diagnosis: I am assuming that you have seen multiple neurologists and neuro muscular specialists. It is not possible to predict the prognosis with the information provided. Your neuro muscular specialist will be in best position to tell. Please see one if you have not. ...Read more

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What is loss of normal lumbar lordosis paraspinal muscle spasm?

What is loss of normal lumbar lordosis paraspinal muscle spasm?

Lumbar lordosis: Lumbar lordosis is a normal inward curve of our lower spine. Our natural spinal curvature functions as a cushioning effect during movement. When the muscles that lie along the sides of the spine become tense with spasm, they pull the spine straighter than usual. This results in discomfort. ...Read more

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My mid to lower paraspinal muscles are constantly pulled. All mri's, xrays, and CT scans normal. Is there a condition that could cause this?

My mid to lower paraspinal muscles are constantly pulled. All mri's, xrays, and CT scans normal. Is there a condition that could cause this?

Lumbar strain: If all tests are normal its probably myofascial in origin. If an injury was part of this we call it lumbar strain. First stop should probably be physical therapy. ...Read more

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20 year old female with myositis ossificans in paraspinal muscles c6/c7. Could it irritate vagus nerve causing 144bpm heart rate, breathless, fatigue?

20 year old female with myositis ossificans in paraspinal muscles c6/c7. Could it irritate vagus nerve causing 144bpm heart rate, breathless, fatigue?

Myositis ossificans: The location of the muscle calcification is not located near the vagus nerve based on your location description. Would look for another source of complaints. ...Read more

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I have pain in the thoracic area on the left between spine and scapula. It is like a knife digging in the muscle with radiating burning. What is it

Trigger points: Pain in the midline of the back or around the shoulder blades is usually muscular. Trigger points, fairly specific areas that when pressed reproduce or trigger the pain, are common and muscular. Levator scapula syndrome is a variant near the top of the shoulder blade. Good posture, avoid looking down at computer screens. Try ice/heat, nsaid's, and salonpas hot patches. ...Read more

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Which muscles need strengthening when you have scoliosis in the thoracic region towards the right?

Which muscles need strengthening when you have scoliosis in the thoracic region towards the right?

ALL of back.: It needs a dedicated physical therapy regimen with posture, range of motion and strengthening. Personally, my kyphosis has markedly improved from activities you'd never expect:
shoulder strengthening
abdomenal strengthening
overall weight loss
ballroom dance.
Spine is a dynamic system. And effects on one part affect all parts. ...Read more

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I have muscle spasm in neck thoracic spine need advice?

See below: Sharp neck/upper back pain with with or without muscle spasms usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

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When I extend thoracic spine, or lie flat, it is very stiff and crunches, cracks, and slowly opens up. I have constant muscle spasms. Any thoughts?

Needs Exam & PT: Over weight, heavy duty, High Impact exerciseand work involving lifting heavy weight or repeated Bending can affect your Back muscle.
Get examined, May need Xray to check on the Anatomical configuration of the Spine. There is a condition that affect Young male called Ankylosing Spondylosis= but needs Exam and sp. Blood test.
If all normal PT will help you. ...Read more

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Part of my thoracic spine hurts when touched and worse when laying down for 1 week. Muscles in back hurt too. No injury or fever. Possible causes?

Needs to be checked: Upper back pain could be due to problems with your back muscles or spinal structures. If it is muscular, it will likely settle down with rest and some Tylenol (acetaminophen) type of pain medication. If it is something more serious, it will likely get worse over the next 2-3 weeks in which case you should get a medical check up. It is unlikely to be anything serious at your age, yet it is hard to predict. ...Read more

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Can a "trigger point"/"muscle knot" appear as a hard lump on the thoracic spine itself? I have 2 hard "lumps" + sometimes dull pain there + elsewhere

Screening evaluation: Is needed to answer your question. A musculoskeletal screening evaluation may reveal the presence of a spine disorder, an important consideration in thoracic spine pain syndrome. Palpation of the muscles may reveal the presence of muscle trigger points which can refer pain to the other areas like the lower back. ...Read more

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Why do I have a 2 inch area on l side of my thoracic spine (muscle next to it) that is completely numb, , sometimes it feels lk skin is raw, burning.?

Why do I have a 2 inch area on l side of my thoracic spine (muscle next to it) that is completely numb, , sometimes it feels lk skin is raw, burning.?

Nerve damage: There are small cutaneous nerves that respond to touch in the region you describe. If the nerve is damaged there will be numbness and then dysesthesia as it tries to recover. A small tumor may be growing along the nerve causing these effects. A thorough medical evaluation would be appropriate. A MRI may be appropriate. ...Read more

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Had 2 epidurals in thoracic part of spine. Year 1/2 later burning, pins needles, some pain, also what feels like muscle spasms. What to do?

Had 2 epidurals in thoracic part of spine. Year 1/2 later burning, pins needles, some pain, also what feels like muscle spasms. What to do?

Likely: The area in question is exacerbated. Disc or the arthritis is flaring, the muscle become spastic as response. Consider massage, therapy and muscle relaxer, wit or without an anti-inflammatory. ...Read more

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My emg showed profuse fascinations in nearly all muscles tested. Acute and chronic denervation in my cervical thoracic and lumbar. ALS symtoms?

My emg showed profuse fascinations in nearly all muscles tested. Acute and chronic denervation in my cervical thoracic and lumbar. ALS symtoms?

Yes and no: An EMG is not a SYMPTOM of ALS, it is basically a diagnostic tool. While this finding could be seen in ALS, it can also be seen in many other conditions. Need to be asked many more questions to provide accurate answers. RJ ...Read more

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I have muscle weakness due to a now stable thoracic syrinx. Lately I've been falling more and my knee collapses while walking. Syrinx progressing?

I have muscle weakness due to a now stable thoracic syrinx. Lately I've been falling more and my knee collapses while walking. Syrinx progressing?

Syrinx: It could suggest progression of the problem. Only way to confirm this would be a good clinical exam and imaging studies like mri. You should see your treating physician. ...Read more

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I'm 19 yr old healthy male, but yesterday my classmate hit very hard on my back on thoracic spine, I feel slight muscle pain on either side. Any danger?

I'm 19 yr old healthy male, but yesterday my classmate hit very hard on my back on thoracic spine, I feel slight muscle pain on either side. Any danger?

If the pain is on: The side of your spine, it is most likely muscular. You should watch for increasing pain, any weakness, numbness or tingling. If you have any of those, you should see your doctor or go to the emergency room. If the pain continues, you should also be examined. If you have no medical contraindication, you can try ibuprofen for the pain. ...Read more

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How can physical therapy help heal a thoracic muscle strain in back?

How can physical therapy help heal a thoracic muscle strain in back?

Yes: Physical therapist are experts in helping patients recover from musculoskeletal injuries, strains, sprains, and surgery. Back pain, and specifically a thoracic muscle strain, is a classic and common injury for which physical therapy may be beneficial. ...Read more

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How effective is physical therapy in helping a thoracic muscle strain on the back?

How effective is physical therapy in helping a thoracic muscle strain on the back?

Hard to say: Although hard to quantify, physical therapy can be very helpful for many muscle strains. I strongly recommend it. ...Read more

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What is the probability of physical therapy helping a thoracic muscle strain in back?

What is the probability of physical therapy helping a thoracic muscle strain in back?

Make a correct diagn: It is important to try to make an accurate diagnosis of possible. I have seen some patients diagnosed with strains when in fact the cause was something else. If it is indeed a muscle strain, then yes, physical therapy can be helpful. Most muscle strains if not too severe will heal even without treatment because muscles have a good blood supply. If it is not getting better see doctor. ...Read more