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Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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I have neck arthritus and the upper back is stiff what can I do to loosen my back?

I have neck arthritus and the upper back is stiff what can I do to loosen my back?

Varied: It sounds like muscle spasm associated with the spinal arthritis the simple answer is mild pain medication like tylenol (acetaminophen) use of topical moist heat and physical therapy. If symptoms persist despite all of the above further medical attention needs to be obtained. ...Read more

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What should I do to alleviate upper back pain that runs across my shoulders and up into my neck?

What should I do to alleviate upper back pain that runs across my shoulders and up into my neck?

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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I have very tight knots on the tops of my shoulders with pain in my back and torso muscles. What can I do to relieve the pain of my shoulders?

I have very tight knots on the tops of my shoulders with pain in my back and torso muscles. What can I do to relieve the pain of my shoulders?

Exercise/stress man.: Sounds like musculoskeletal manifestations of stress. Some patients will develop a condition called myofascial pain dysfunction which is treated with some simple stretching and strengthening exercises but also learning to manage stress for which there is a ton of literature. Red flags for immediate eval: unexpected weight loss, weakness or muscle atrophy, or loss of bowel or bladder control ...Read more

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What can I do to soothe muscle pain in the back and arms?

What can I do to soothe muscle pain in the back and arms?

See your doctor: These symptoms require a thorough evaluation to find out what's going on and what can be done for you. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve the pain I have in my shoulders, and biceps?

What can I do to relieve the pain I have in my shoulders, and biceps?

Need More Info: Please state the circumstances surrounding your pain-what you do to aggrevate, the character or the pain-aching, burning, stabbing, radiation (does it seem to move), what relieves it if anything, how long have you had it, were there injuries associated with the pain. Thanks! ...Read more

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What can I do about tightness in the lower back muscles.?

What can I do about tightness in the lower back muscles.?

Stretch: Long term answer is low back strengthening through therapy and exercises, but if you are currently suffering you should start with rest. Take anti inflammatories, rest at least for 8 hours (sleep) and then perform stretching exercises to help take away your muscle spasms. If this does not help you you may need a short course of muscle relaxants. ...Read more

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What can I do for this pain in upper back and neck when i get up?

What can I do for this pain in upper back and neck when i get up?

Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, i would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What stretches can I do to stretch out my shoulders in the morning?

What stretches can I do to stretch out my shoulders in the morning?

Posterior Capsule: http://www.theshouldercenter.com/faq-avoid-shoulder-pain.htm here are some stretches you may find helpful. ...Read more

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My hips and lower sides of my back hurt a lot. What can I do to alleviate the pain?

My hips and lower sides of my back hurt a lot. What can I do to alleviate the pain?

EVAL: See your physician or your orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation. They can offer treatment options once the cause of the pain is determined. Consider acupuncture. ...Read more

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What can I do to soothe pain in my lower neck?

What can I do to soothe pain in my lower neck?

Options.: Consider warm water directed at the area, massage (to include deep tissue), meditation to improve relaxation of body/ muscles, accupuncture, or accupressure. Traumeel can be soothing. ...Read more

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Can i rest my back or is there exercises i can do to stop this pain in my lower back and leg muscles?

Depends: If its an acute problem rest and alternate heat and cold as tolerated. If its chronic muscle strengthening may be helpful to prevent future problems. See a doc or physical therapist to get specifics.You need to make sure you dont have a ruptured disc before doing any therapy. Make sure if your doing routine execise that you are doing them properly and its not the cause as well. ...Read more

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My dr. Told me my back muscles are tight and that's what causes my upper back to hurt. What can I do to help loosen these muscles?

My dr. Told me my back muscles are tight and that's what causes my upper back to hurt. What can I do to help loosen these muscles?

Tight back muscles: Stretching exercises e.g. Gentle yoga would probably be of benefit to you. Also check your posture standing and sitting. Also check how you work with computer etc. ...Read more

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I am in pain in my right upper thigh, pelvis area, and stomach/lower back. What can I do to alleviate the pain?

Depends on the cause: Why do we call it blue? What if it wasn't all in your back, pressing on a nerve going into your leg, or in your stomach or pancreas cancer eating away at nerves of back? What if it was you, stressed, then manifesting by symptoms such as these? Evaluation tedious, but necessary to pin point treatment. Otherwise, everyone gets pain killers and those who die, die, & those who live, call it indigo. ...Read more

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What exercise or stretch can I do for my upper back pain to help loosen it up?

What exercise or stretch can I do for my upper back pain to help loosen it up?

Spine nerve irritate: Many physical therapy sites will show you the best stretches for your muscles. You may have back nerve root irritation with significant muscle spasms, esp deep spasms which cannot be really stretched with exercise. You will need to be evaluated by your family doctor and a specialist and physical medicine and rehabilitation. ...Read more

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How do I alleviate upper back pain that runs across my shoulders and up into my neck?

How do I alleviate upper back pain that runs across my shoulders and up into my neck?

Inversion table: Gentle traction using inversion table will help do 10 min in 45 degree and the 10 min in 90 degrees. This relaxes the spinal cord and helps spinal pinched nerves. ...Read more

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Back of the Neck tightness and shoulder tightness. Happening on and off. And Tight upper back muscles. I have mild scoliosis. What do I do?HELP!!

Back of the Neck tightness and shoulder tightness. Happening on and off. And Tight upper back muscles. I have mild scoliosis. What do I do?HELP!!

Be seen: I would not hesitate to be seen and fully evaluated for the cause. Some patients with scoliosis can have peri-scapular pain related to an associated asymmetric trunk rotation (rib "hump"). Others can have a muscular pain along the convexity of the curve as they are at a mechanical disadvantage try to hold the spine straight. Still others may have a pinched nerve. ...Read more

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What can cause pain in my chest when I turn my neck to the right?

What can cause pain in my chest when I turn my neck to the right?

Muscle strain: try Anti inflammatory edifice. Apply ice which at help the pain upon movement. ...Read more