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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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How long does it take for neck strain & associated muscle spasms/pain to go away completely? What are the best/fastest methods of treatment?

How long does it take for neck strain & associated muscle spasms/pain to go away completely? What are the best/fastest methods of treatment?

Results vary: Assuming no other structural injuries I use 80% Better in 6 weeks as a rule of thumb, reduce stress and massage no treatment is superior they are all equal to time alone

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I have a lower back pain and front and back ribs pain with strain at bak...Stiff back muscle...What are the possible reasons and treatment for that?

Muscle: At your age it's more likely muscle related. Have you been more physically active than usual recently? It would be reasonable to treat conservatively with time and nsaids. See a physician if symptoms persist or are severe.

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Treatments for 1st/2nd degree ab muscle strain. It has been 3 weeks since my injury and it still hurts. Would it be advisable 2 see a physical therapist?

Yes: Muscle strains (torn muscle) in general take about 2-6 weeks to heal. Abdominal strains are particularly painful since they are constantly being used to maintain your posture when standing etc. Therapist can help ease the pain, promote rapid healing and muscle function and give advice on lessening the pain

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What would be the best treatment for a torn or strained muscle in the upper stomach area?

Rest: The only answer for that type of sprain or tear is time and rest for the muscle. When the injury first occurs ice and laying at can help minimize the pain and swelling.

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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.

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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.

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How can you relieve pain from a sprained trapezius muscle?

Acupuncture: Agree w dr. Joe. Acupuncture can reduce inflammation & pain and accelerate healing for a trap injury.

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Where is the liver relative to the trapezius muscle?

Where is the liver relative to the trapezius muscle?

Anatomy: The liver is a very large organ located in the right upper quadrant of your abdomen (just under the right ribcage). The trapezius muscles are two large triangular muscles on each side of the back of your neck, extending to your shoulders and into your upper back.

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Are there lymph nodes in shoulders? Trapezius muscle?

Muscle: Not in the trapezius muscle. Inferior to the scapula, yes. There are many other sites - arm, arm pit, legs, etc. Is this a self diagnosis? See your family doc for assistance.

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Trapezius muscle tightness. What should I do?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it.

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What causes trapezius muscle spasms to keep coming back?

Muscle weakness: I have found that a muscle strengthening and stretching program have worked tremendously in preventing the return of trapezius muscle pain.

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