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Doctor insights on: Trapezius Muscle Strain

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What is the recovery time for a trapezius muscle sprain?

What is the recovery time for a trapezius muscle sprain?

Strain: If truly a strain, it depends upon severity: a few days up to a month. If pain not going away, check for disc or postural problems. ...Read more

Dr. Rohit Keswani
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Muscle Strain (Definition)

-exposed 2 forces beyond it's ability 2 handle, it causes damage R the muscle. Just like a bruise. It is first a stretch with reversibility 2 recover fully if left alone 4 a while. 2'nd is actual tear of some muscle fibers & need a longer time 2 heal, & can if big enough scar & lead 2 pain & easily aggravated . 3'rd is total tear, which can not B repaired. Also 3'rd can ...Read more


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Hello docs. I was wondering can working out your chest help alleviate pain of a strained trapezius muscle?

Hello docs. I was wondering can working out your chest help alleviate pain of a strained trapezius muscle?

Yes. That is a fact: And doing stretching exercises with massage of the trapezius muscle would greatly help. Supervision of a therapist with us would also be helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can the trapezius muscle make you have chest pain, arm pain? My doctor and he said it's strained. I have flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) to help it? What else can I do.

Can the trapezius muscle make you have chest pain, arm pain? My doctor and he said it's strained. I have flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) to help it? What else can I do.

Yes: It can. Flexeril is a muscle relaxant but not a good pain reliever. You should rest, apply heat, get a message, have physical therapy, consider Yoga, and OTC analgesics may be helpful. You list Advil (ibuprofen). If that doesn't help, try Naproxen 2 tabs twice day with food. (caution: can cause stomach upset). Time is your best ally. ...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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Went to doctors she said my rhomboid muscle strain levator scapulae, trapezius can this cause chest tightness?

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

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Area on trapezius muscle that shoots pain up neck and down arm when touched. Is this a muscular or nerve issue?

Area on trapezius muscle that shoots pain up neck and down arm when touched. Is this a muscular or nerve issue?

Muscle pain : Myofascial trigger points are areas of intense spasm that occur in muscles that are stressed and dysfunctional. They can refer pain to other areas and can be confused with "pinched nerves " ...Read more

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Trapezius muscle spasams that fire off into my neck and head on the left side. I have had all type of injections and muscle relaxers prescribed n/work?

Trapezius muscle spasams that fire off into my neck and head on the left side. I have had all type of injections and muscle relaxers prescribed n/work?

Well!: If u have been well worked up these occipital ha can b treated with Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) (generic), & check with ur md & c what he thinks. It is a controlled substance so beware of abuse. ...Read more

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Will massaging the trapezius muscle reduce its size?

Will massaging the trapezius muscle reduce its size?

No: Massage may help alleviate muscle tension or trigger points, but overall it will not decrease a muscle's size. ...Read more

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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

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more