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Doctor insights on: What Can I Do To Loosen The Tightness In My Upper Back And Shoulders

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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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Hi sir,gd mrng i pulled my trapizius during shoulder workout 1 month nd 1 week before still i m feeling some tightness in uper back when i rotate neck,nd also i feel a burning type sensation and small pullness in upper back nd neck area,i go to orthopadic

Hi sir,gd mrng i pulled my trapizius during shoulder workout 1 month nd 1 week before still i m feeling some tightness in uper back when i rotate neck,nd also i feel a burning type sensation and small pullness in upper back nd neck area,i go to orthopadic

Trapezius spasm: VSanders, mild pain and superficial tears of the delicate muscle group called rotator cuff (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor), is very easily done in a gym /weigh lifting scenario. Deep tissue muscle massage to rhomboids (upper neck area) and also to trapezius, in lower infra-scapula area. Deep tissue massage breaks down muscle spasm and will relieve pain. Motrin for pain! ...Read more

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I'm having sharp tight pains on my left side upper back around shoulder blade more pain on the right side in the middle, pain also around armpit?

I'm having sharp tight pains on my left side upper back around shoulder blade more pain on the right side in the middle, pain also around armpit?

Myalgia vs. spasm: This sounds like muscle spasm if it is intermittent. This can be related to muscle overusepassive stretching , advil (ibuprofen) and topical biofreeze may help; however if not resovled within 1 week, get an examination and xrays. ...Read more

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Upper back extremely tight with left shoulder and arm pain to elbow. Saw my primary and he said muscleskeletal? Can it last 5 months or is he wrong?

Upper back extremely tight with left shoulder and arm pain to elbow. Saw my primary and he said muscleskeletal? Can it last 5 months or is he wrong?

Any human being: could be wrong, but if you are not satisfied with your doctor's diagnosis, you should get another opinion. It sounds like a musculo-skeletal problem, so maybe an orthopedic surgeon might be able to confirm the diagnosis for you. ...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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I have really tight neck, shoulder and upper back muscles. Doctor said that they are causing my tight head and off balance feeling. Can they cause it?

I have really tight neck, shoulder and upper back muscles. Doctor said that they are causing my tight head and off balance feeling. Can they cause it?

Yes: all of us that work out have a tendency to neglect stretching. Stretches , yoga or meditation should probably take 10 to 15 minutes within the hour at the gym. Our modern life with electronic media puts a lot of strain on the muscles of the neck and upper torso, which can create headaches and muscle imbalance. If you have trouble stretching yourself,consider treating yourself to a massage! ...Read more

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Hi.. I have chronic pain left side upper back and shoulder.. sometimes generates into my arm. my chest feels tight. this has been going on for months ?

Hi.. I have chronic pain left side upper back and shoulder.. sometimes generates into my arm. my chest feels tight. this has been going on for months ?

Needs to be checked: Pain in upper back and shoulder radiating to arm and chest going on for months needs to be checked by your doctor and treated appropriately.You need a detailed History and Physical Examination and imaging like xrays or MRI to make proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment ...Read more

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Im getting upper chest/upper back tightness and shoulder/should blade pain. Ecg, chest xray normal ?

Other conditions: The location of your chest pain may be related to gallbladder or upper gastrointestinal problems. Pain can radiate to the chest from other locations in the body. Other possibilities include muscular strain/aches, tendonitis, shoulder joint inflammation and a host of other conditions. If you experience shortness of breath or any continued chest pain, please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Upper back, shoulder and neck tight achy feeling. EKG a week ago was normal. muscular or tension? Going on 2 wks. Was scared it was heart attack.

Upper back, shoulder and neck tight achy feeling. EKG a week ago was normal. muscular or tension? Going on 2 wks. Was scared it was heart attack.

Could be muscular.: Given your medical information, symptoms and normal ECG, this could very well be muscular. Could be tension as well. Or simply postural. Computer users tend to get achy muscles as you have described - it's related to the computer posture, if you will. Normal ECG is reassuring. ...Read more

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Can tight muscles or muscle spasms in neck, shoulder or upper back cause pain down arms or tingly numb feeling arms?

Possibly: Anatomically the arms receive their control of sensation from the neck. Nerves that are irritated at the level of the neck often only result in pain traveling into one arm and not both. Given your age, it would be unlikely that there is significant degeneration to cause symptoms in both arms. Discuss with your pcp. ...Read more

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Constant chest heaviness, shoulder blades in upper back tight & ache, I am 33 female. ECG, blood test & chest X-ray all clear. Should I be worried?

Constant chest heaviness, shoulder blades in upper back tight & ache, I am 33 female. ECG, blood test & chest X-ray all clear. Should I be worried?

Follow Up: There are several reasons why this may be happening between musculoskeletal pain vs cardiac disease vs infection. The reassuring thing is that this is not urgent. I would have you follow up with your primary doctor for a referral to cardio if this is something that becomes constant. ...Read more

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Symptoms: headaches, neck, shoulder and upper back pain, chest tightness on left side, sometimes hurts to sit up, jaw pain, short of breath...Why?

Symptoms: headaches, neck, shoulder and upper back pain, chest tightness on left side, sometimes hurts to sit up, jaw pain, short of breath...Why?

MFP: Myofascial pain syndrome. In addition to local tenderness, referred pain. Mfp is characterized by other associated symptoms: increased muscle fatigue and stiffness, a mildly restricted motion, pain when the muscle is stretched, and a subjective feeling of weakness in the muscle. Headache, vertigo, visual disturbances and jaw pain may also be present. See pain management specialist for diagnosis. ...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?

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 had a discectomy for L5 s1 almost 2 years ago. I still have low back pain. The doctor sees no reason for it and now I have tightness in my upper back. What should I do?

I had a discectomy for L5 s1 almost 2 years ago. I still have low back pain. The doctor sees no reason for it and now I have tightness in my upper back. What should I do?

Post-discectomy synd: Patients need to remember that the main indication for a discectomy surgery is to relieve leg pain or sciatica. Most times, the back pain after discectomy is not debilitating and can be dealt with with exercise and medication. A smaller percentage of the time, the pain is more severe. The pain can be secondary to degeneration of the remaining disc, instability, adjacent discs or muscular. ...Read more

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I have tightness in my upper left side of back and goes by armpit to far left chest right by my shoulder. Seems worse in morning and night. im 23?

I have tightness in my upper left side of back and goes by armpit to far left chest right by my shoulder. Seems worse in morning and night. im 23?

Atypical Chest Pain: This may be induced by physical exertional activity; a result of over utilization of the muscles of the scapular region; and rarely, due to cardiac etiology in your age group. I recommend seeing your PCP, obtaining a complete examination, obtaining an EKG, and based upon the physical exam, any imaging studies of the chest and left shoulder to assist your PCP in making the Diagnosis. ...Read more

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When I have my neck in upright position and move the neck back slightly i get pain between my neck and shoulder (upper trap), have tight right shoulde?

When I have my neck in upright position and move the neck back slightly i get pain between my neck and shoulder (upper trap), have tight right shoulde?

Possibly: Analyze your activities, exercises, and sleep positions to figure what is setting this off. Also figure out what helps the most (stretches, message, ice etc). this will give you insight into what causes it and how to manage it. If possible avoid those positions until the soreness leaves you. If the pain is out of control, you will need to see a doctor. Hope it resolves easily. ...Read more

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What does tightness in upper back along with sharp pains indicate?

What does tightness in upper back along with sharp pains indicate?

See your doctor: Pain that severe needs to be worked up by your doctor in person. He/she will listen to you, perform an examination and possibly order some tests to see what's wrong with you. ...Read more