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Doctor insights on: Trapezius Spasm

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Is trapezius spasms a sign of cervical radiculopathy?

Is trapezius spasms a sign of cervical radiculopathy?

Nope: The nerve that goes to the trapezius muscle does not come through the cervical spine and won't be affected by bony spurs or disc bulges. ...Read more

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Can a trapezius spasm cause a clavicle fracture?

Can a trapezius spasm cause a clavicle fracture?

spasm: At your age (or any age), muscle spasm would not be powerful enough to cause bone fracture by itself. Exceptions may include situations where the bone is already compromised such as a tumor or large cyst. ...Read more

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Can trapezius pain and spasm be caused by strain, and or anxiety?

Can trapezius pain and spasm be caused by strain, and or anxiety?

Yes, strain in the: traps is a common place for anxiety to manifest itself. Get your situation checked out w/your doc first and then seek massage or deep tissue bodywork and stress management, perhaps w/help from a mental health professional. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What causes trapezius muscle spasms to keep coming back?

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. ...Read more

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I have constant fear and anxiety because i can't breathe well. All of my accessory breathing muscles intercoastals, upper trapezius, etc have spasmed.

I have constant fear and anxiety because i can't breathe well. All of my accessory breathing muscles intercoastals, upper trapezius, etc have spasmed.

Med eval first: Recommend evaluation by your physician to correct the underlying medical problem before seeking therapy for the fear & anxiety. Clean bill of health, proceed with behavioral health assistance. ...Read more

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I have severe trapezius muscle spasms...unbearable pain some days. Taking methocarbamol 500mg & Oxycodone 10mg. Not helping enough- any suggestions? I

I have severe trapezius muscle spasms...unbearable pain some days. Taking methocarbamol 500mg & Oxycodone 10mg. Not helping enough- any suggestions? I

Diagnosis : It really all comes down to the specific diagnosis. Long term narcotics would not be a good idea. Most common cause is an undeyinh structural problem in the spine such as a "pinched nerve" or a symptomatic facet joint. Other possibility us cervical dystonia. Either way, an accurate diagnosis and initiation of treatment specific to cause would be helpful. ...Read more

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What is done for a trapezius muscle that spasms constantly at the top of the shoulder/neck area? No muscle relaxer helps, tried Soma and flexaril

What is done for a trapezius muscle that spasms constantly at the top of the shoulder/neck area? No muscle relaxer helps, tried Soma and flexaril

Massage: Start with massage therapy. Ultrasound treatment, low dose Valium, acupuncture, and chiropractic are options. There are other meds and therapies. At some ponit you may need to see a specialist (neurologist, physical medicine and rehab doctor) The trapeizus is innervated by the upper cervical nerves and the spinal accessory nerve (`cranial nerve XI). There are many uncommon problems that can occur ...Read more

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Sometimes, i wake up with one of my upper trapezius muscles completely contracted. Then it spasms for several days. How can I treat/prevent this?

Sometimes, i wake up with one of my upper trapezius muscles completely contracted. Then it spasms for several days. How can I treat/prevent this?

See your doctor: The underlying cause of this may range from a simply muscle sprain to a cervical herniated disc. You will need to be evaluated, and if this continues despite nsaids, physical therapy may be helpful. When these fail to relieve your symptoms, or if you have progressive weakness, arm/hands numbness tingling worsening, then further work-up with e.g. Cervical spine MRI may even be indicated. ...Read more