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How could you treat chronic muscle tension/strain of the rhomboid?

How could you treat chronic muscle tension/strain of the rhomboid?

Relax: A program of flexibility and stretching e.g. Yoga can help. Chronic tension in this area can also be referred from the neck, in which case an x-ray can be revealing. Finally, this can be a sign of general stress in your life. Make sure there isn't something going on in your life that may be driving this specific muscle issue for you. ...Read more

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How can you treat chronic muscle tension and/or strain of the rhomboid?

How can you treat chronic muscle tension and/or strain of the rhomboid?

PT or chiro: Nsaids for pain and some musculoskeletal work inclusive of soft-tissue massage, estim or ultrasound prn, and correction of any muscle imbalances. Who does the soft tissue work is up to you. I usually prescribe pt, but a chiro can likely do much of this as well. ...Read more

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What's the best natural therapy to treat chronic stress and muscle tension in the neck?

What's the best natural therapy to treat chronic stress and muscle tension in the neck?

Chronic stress: For muscle tension in the neck, many swear by massage therapy and heat. For dealing with overall stress, practices such as mindfulness meditation and yoga can help by training you in present moment awareness. When in the present moment, you are not worrying about future events or feeling bad about past ones. These latter modes increase stress, but present moment gives space and lowers stress. ...Read more

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I injured my rhomboid muscle group in june, was told recovery wold be ten days/two weeks, but still in a lot of pain. Is this normal?

I injured my rhomboid muscle group in june, was told recovery wold be ten days/two weeks, but still in a lot of pain. Is this normal?

No: These muscles can take a long time to heal. If you haven't, you may want to consider physical therapy, where they can do electrostimulation therapy and deep tissue release. If the symptoms persist, then an MRI may be warranted to look for a tear in the muscle. ...Read more

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Regarding upper back issues of mine, overused and stretched muscles, traps / rhomboids etc. What causes the muscles to give a burning sensation ?

Exercise or strain: New exercise or activity? May cause dom delayed onset muscle soreness (typically about 48 hours after the increase use of those muscles). May last a few days to a week or two. Alternatively, sudden/acute burning may indicate a strain, which may take a few weeks to several months to resolve. Massage or foam roller may help, if this is not a muscle strain. ...Read more

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I believe i injured my rhomboid muscle a week ago @ a sporting event. How can I tell if it's just a strain or a tear? How long should recovery take

I  believe i injured  my rhomboid muscle a week ago @ a sporting event. How can I tell if it's just a strain or a tear? How long should recovery take

Likely sprain: The muscle is likely sprained since this muscle is rarely torn in sports. The only way to be sure would be to do an imaging study such as an MRI or a musculoskeletal ultrasound performed in office by many sports medicine physician . The other thing to be considered as causing your lingering pain would be an injury to your long thoracic nerve resulting in a subtle winging scapula. Go see your doc. ...Read more

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Do muscles always heal ? Have had upper back muscle pain from overstretched rhomboids for around 18 months. Having physio for last year. Helps a bit.

Do muscles always heal ? Have had upper back muscle pain from overstretched rhomboids for around 18 months. Having physio for last year. Helps a bit.

Just about.: Sounds to me that you have not corrected the common activity in your life that is causing your pain. Rhomboid pain usually comes for everyday act.Ivities like reading, knitting, and especially protracted computer use. Muscles do heal, but sometimes with a bit of scar tissue, that can cause the continued pain. ...Read more

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Got back pain for many years. Left side near Scapula (probably Rhomboid major muscle).Doing stretching every day. IT job (lot of sitting).Any idea?Thx

Got back pain for many years. Left side near Scapula (probably Rhomboid major muscle).Doing stretching every day. IT job (lot of sitting).Any idea?Thx

Ergonomics: Most people with desk jobs do not have the appropriate desk setup. Usually keyboards are too high and cause back problems. An easy start is using the rule of "90"s - elbow, hips and knees should be at 90 degrees when sitting with head and shoulders neutral and feet on the floor. A keyboard drawer can be added to most desks to lower it. Make sure the screen keeps you looking straight ahead. ...Read more

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What would cause a sudden muscle pain and tear type sound near the upper back, right under the shoulder blade. Would it be the rhomboid or trapezius?

Shoulder pain: 29 year old gentleman with sudden pain under the shoulder blade and audible tear. You need a full exam from an orthopaedic surgeon. If you mean the pain was underneath your scapula, the muscle underneath it is called the subscapularis. Tears involving this muscle or its tendon are detected using the lift off test. However, you need a full exam not clear on here. Good luck. ...Read more