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Will Strengthening The Trapezius Muscle Decrease Neck Pain
Depends: This totally depends on the cause of your neck pain. Strengthening the muscles supporting your neck can help the pain but strengthening some but not all of these muscles can make it worse. You need to work with a physician and/or physical therapist and craft a specific plan to treat the specific cause of your neck pain. ...Read more
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
Yes: If you have an underlying painful neck condition, i. E degenerative disc disease/pinched nerve/disc bulge; performing aggressive trapezius strengthening exercises can aggravate it. Try to do strengthening exercises without weights. Consider working with a knowledgable physical therapist to make sure you are doing the appropriate exercises. Discuss with your md if pt is recommended. ...Read more
Area on trapezius muscle that shoots pain up neck and down arm when touched. Is this a muscular or nerve issue?
Muscle pain : Myofascial trigger points are areas of intense spasm that occur in muscles that are stressed and dysfunctional. They can refer pain to other areas and can be confused with "pinched nerves " ...Read more
Trapezius muscle spasams that fire off into my neck and head on the left side. I have had all type of injections and muscle relaxers prescribed n/work?
I keep having a reoccurrence of trapezius muscle spasms where it's tight in my shoulder and neck, what could keep causing it?
Cervical spine issue: Muscle spasm is often a secondary response to another problem. It that area, cervical disc issues and/or facet joint problems could be causing the muscles to spasm. Alternatively, repetitive activity or poor posture could be placing excessive strain on these muscles, causing them to spasm. Ice/heat and NSAIDs can relieve symptoms, but working w/ a physician and/or PT can help discover the cause. ...Read more
Bump on rside above sternocleidomastoid muscle & on lside on (neck)upper trapezius muscle for about 5 month now, what could it be? (lump? For so long?
Neck Bump: Any "bump" present this long needs further evaluation. Most bumps due to infections of the upper respiratory tract resolve within a few weeks of the infection. A bump present longer than a couple of months needs urgent evaluation. Go see your doctor. You may need to see an ent. ...Read more
Pea sized lump on trapezius muscle, on shoulder/upper back not neck, hard, immobile and painless, feels like it's attached to the muscle, what is it??
Trigger point?: Could be a lymph node, an area of muscle fibers that contracted and formed a small mass (overuse or after trauma) and/or may represent a "knot" or trigger point that can respond to tissue massage. If not growing or and painless ok to observe;get it checked out if growing/painful or persists (to make sure it's not something serious like a malignant growth) ...Read more
What is done for a trapezius muscle that spasms constantly at the top of the shoulder/neck area? No muscle relaxer helps, tried Soma (carisoprodol) 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
Deep clavicle collar bone pain and neck pain and headaches. Extremely stiff shoulders and trapezius muscles. What could cause these interlinked pains?
Many possible causes: Your symptoms focus on likely problems with upper back and neck muscles vs. the cervical spine and upper thoracic spinals areas. The problem could be as simple as trapezius or rotator cuff sprain or as complex as a herniated cervical disc with pain radiating to the shoulders and upper back. You need to see your P ...Read more
I have a hard, movable lump on my trapezius muscle at the base of my neck. Doctor 1 said lipoma, 2 said lymph node, neither did more than feel it.
Neck lump: A palpable mass under the skin or muscle of the neck or anywhere on the body could represent a myriad of possible lesions. Lipomas (benign fatty tumors) or lymph nodes represent two of these possibilities. Diagnosis with certainty can only be made with excisional biopsy (removing lump). See a general surgeon for an opinion and possible biopsy. ...Read more
I recently had my trapezius muscle sewn back together after it separated from the cervical spine and now it feels like it happened again is it possibl?
Depends on how long-: -ago it was done. If recent & the symptoms R the same it's very possible. Make a call 2 Ur surgeon & B checked out. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Hello docs. I was wondering can working out your chest help alleviate pain of a strained trapezius muscle?
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. ...Read more
Trapezius pain: May be muscle spasm from carrying things on one side more than the other. Try alternating arms. Use moist heat to neck & shoulders. Have friend/partner/massage therapist massage neck & shoulders. Do range-of-motion stretching exercises for neck & shoulders. If no improvement, see doc. ...Read more
Her my answer: I like to do dumbell shrugs, and upright rows to work my traps. ...Read more
May go away soon: Is the pain after some unusual work or exercise? Is this the first time you are experiencing this? If it is then it will probably go away on its own. But if you have history of this problem or if you had some kind of trauma then you should be seen by your pmd. Therapy to strengthen the muscles and increase range of motion would be first step as long as you don't have any neurological deficits. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Can neck pain cause dizziness, and headache? I have been having trapezius spasms, and I don't know the cause.
I pulled my trapezius muscle 5 months again. Still getting a lot of snapping from the tendons/ligaments. Is this normal and how long before that stops
Not normal: Any minor issues should be resolved long ago. With continued problems you should have the issue evaluated by an orthopedist. If there is no pain, then I would suggest ignoring the snapping. ...Read more
I get the worst trapezius muscle spasms and pain between my shoulder blades getting harder and harder to hold my head up. What could be causing it?
Need a vacation:
Myofascial Pain Syndrome: get a massage. Consider a professional counselor to address those things in your life that you do have control over, and change what you can. Cheaper to go on that perfect vacation than counseling. To love other must first respect self and believe you are worthy of good for you. Then give from reserve.
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I have severe burning that comes and goes in my trapezius muscle area, solely on the left side. What can this be?
The Trapezius Trap: This is a very common site for muscle tension and pain from stress, exercise, poor posture or sitting too long at the computer (or TV, or at the microscope or as a dental hygienist, or staring for hours into a gopher hole...). Short of that, anything more serious would be way down the list, so see if you can massage-out the pain, apply heat, use Motrin and readjust your sitting &standing postures. ...Read more