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Will strengthening the trapezius muscle decrease neck pain?

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

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Can exercises to build up the trapezius muscle exacerbate neck pain?

Can exercises to build up the trapezius muscle exacerbate neck pain?

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

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Area on trapezius muscle that shoots pain up neck and down arm when touched. Is this a muscular or nerve issue?

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

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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?

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?

Well!: If u have been well worked up these occipital ha can b treated with Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) (generic), & check with ur md & c what he thinks. It is a controlled substance so beware of abuse. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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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??

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

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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 (carisoprodol) 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 (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

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Deep clavicle collar bone pain and neck pain and headaches. Extremely stiff shoulders and trapezius muscles. What could cause these interlinked pains?

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

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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.

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

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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?

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

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Trapezius muscle tightness. What should I do?

Trapezius muscle tightness. What should I do?

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

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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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Hello docs. I was wondering can working out your chest help alleviate pain of a strained trapezius muscle?

Hello docs. I was wondering can working out your chest help alleviate pain of a strained trapezius muscle?

Yes. That is a fact: And doing stretching exercises with massage of the trapezius muscle would greatly help. Supervision of a therapist with us would also be helpful.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Can neck pain cause dizziness, and headache? I have been having trapezius spasms, and I don't know the cause.

Can neck pain cause dizziness, and headache? I have been having trapezius spasms, and I don't know the cause.

Not exactly: Problems in the neck can cause both neck pain, headaches, and even pain that runs into the shoulder and arm. Neck problems usually do not cause dizziness. I would not hesitate to be seen for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a trapezius muscle sprain?

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

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Will massaging the trapezius muscle reduce its size?

Will massaging the trapezius muscle reduce its size?

No: Massage may help alleviate muscle tension or trigger points, but overall it will not decrease a muscle's size. ...Read more

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My trapezius muscle hurts, how can I find some relief for them?

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

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What are some good isotonic exercises for the trapezius muscle?

Her my answer: I like to do dumbell shrugs, and upright rows to work my traps. ...Read more

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Upper right trapezius/neck pain, been going on for a couple of weeks now. What should I do?

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

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How can you relieve pain from a sprained trapezius muscle?

How can you relieve pain from a sprained trapezius muscle?

Acupuncture: Agree w dr. Joe. Acupuncture can reduce inflammation & pain and accelerate healing for a trap injury. ...Read more

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Where is the liver relative to the trapezius muscle?

Where is the liver relative to the trapezius muscle?

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

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Are there lymph nodes in shoulders? Trapezius muscle?

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

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After an open acj excision how long roughly will it take for the deltoid/trapezius muscle to heal?

AC excision: Tissue is made of collagen, which takes 6 weeks to heal. Muscle strengthening may take longer, depending upon your effort & motivation. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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.

https://www.spine-health.com/video/myofascial-pain-syndrome-video ...Read more

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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

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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more