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Upper Back Muscle Injury

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This is in relation to the muscle injury I had in my upper back while carrying out one regular fitness exercises. Already had 3 rounds of medical consultation in Zurich HB Permanence & Physiotherapy, consuming 3 - 4 pain killers for the last couple of weeks but the problem of severe back pain still remains.

Has anyone been in a similar situation?
I normally go to gym regularly and I am finding it so hard at the moment to continue. Not sure how or if this can be fixed.

Would anyone suggest any other forms of medicine or treatments for such muscle injury ?

Any inputs will be highly appreciated.
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Re: Upper Back Muscle Injury

NOt enough information given for any of us to give our valuable amateur treatment advice. :-) HOw long ago did the injury happen? Which part of your back? What movements make it hurt? Can you isolate the particular muscle ( or tell us exactly what you were doing when it happened.) What diagnosis has been given to you so far? DId it begin suddenly, or was it something that developed pain after a workout?

In the meantime, are you able to continue a fitness regime that avoids more pain from that injury?
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Re: Upper Back Muscle Injury

It depends on many things I guess...

I work out quite often and when you are weak on a certain muscle, you have to train it more than the other muscles... (I am afraid not being crystal clear here...) If you suffer from your back, maybe you should try to work out on it but wisely.

DO NOT PUT TOO MUCH WEIGHT, PUT LESS BUT DO THE MOVEMENT CORRECTLY !!!

I see so many dudes in the gym putting tons of weight but doing the exercise completely wrong.

Otherwise, try to go to a specialist in sport injuries.

I hope you will get better very soon !!!
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Re: Upper Back Muscle Injury

Are you and your physiotherapist/doctor sure it is muscular?
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NOt enough information given for any of us to give our valuable amateur treatment advice. :-) HOw long ago did the injury happen? Which part of your back? What movements make it hurt? Can you isolate the particular muscle ( or tell us exactly what you were doing when it happened.) What diagnosis has been given to you so far? DId it begin suddenly, or was it something that developed pain after a workout?

In the meantime, are you able to continue a fitness regime that avoids more pain from that injury?
Hi,

Thanks for the post and following are the bullets :
  • I had this injury 3 weeks before. While carrying out a hip - lifting free hand exercise ( It was prescribed as a part of abs ), I got this injury.
  • As I said, its on the right hand side of my upper back. Sitting on a chair or standing or walking or in any other position where I have to keep my spine straight, I feel the pain.
  • Till now I had 3 rounds of physiotherapy with lot of pain killers
  • It developed after I had the muscle pull while doing the free hand execise and since then the pain started.
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Are you and your physiotherapist/doctor sure it is muscular?
Hi,
My doctor and physio think so, well I am not sure of that. However, they confirmed it is not something related to any bone injury.

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Re: Upper Back Muscle Injury

Muscle? Tendon? Nerve? Could be any of those. If you have torn muscle fibre, then 3 weeks is not a lot of time to have allowed for complete healing. Allow youself more time, whilst also trying to avoid overcompensating ( eg: leaning) to avoid more injury.

If you are not happy, or not convinced, with the treatment you have had so far, then seek a second medical opinion. That will either reassure you, or give you another option for continued treatment.
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Re: Upper Back Muscle Injury

I don't have a lot of faith in pysiotherapists. Found out that the one at Medbase in Zug was giving me exercises that I was told was only making my knee worse. Luckily I found out in time and instead I had something called ART - Active Release Technology that works really well. It helped me run in the Athens marathon four months after a meniscus knee op

Hope you recover soon
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Re: Upper Back Muscle Injury

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As I said, its on the right hand side of my upper back. Sitting on a chair or standing or walking or in any other position where I have to keep my spine straight, I feel the pain.

I would guess that if you feel it after 3 weeks when not actually doing anything strenuous that it's not a muscle pull, but a pinched nerve and/or muscle spasm.

In this case, I would try to find an osteopath (preferably one who doesn't do manipulation (spine cracking)), in order to try to relax the muscles and/or reallign the vertebrae.

Bear in mind however that an osteopath is not a medical doctor, so maybe you should consider a second opinion from a sports/back specialist first.

Disclaimer: my advice is based on my own experience, not on any medical training, so I take no responsibility for any of its consequences!
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Re: Upper Back Muscle Injury

Go to a TCM (Chinese medicine practitioner)...they'll fix you up in no time and are able to properly diagnose the issue.
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Re: Upper Back Muscle Injury

It is ill-advised fro anyone on this forum to offer medical advice if we are not medically trained- we have already been kind of warned not to do it.


However I relate the following as it might be of interest. I have a weak upper back, my chiropracter says that I pull the ribheads out. It started happening in martial arts throwing punches or twisting the upper torso to do spin kicks. One of the guys used to 'cure' it for me by having me lie face down then he would sit on my back and push with both hands in the middle just below my shoulder-blades. I avoid doing twist sit-ups, that will set it off
Coincidentally, I just pulled it right now twisting- it's a bugger! If I don't catch it before it gets too bad it will get really painful.
It gets worse as you start to adopt awkward positions or tense muscles to avoid the pain. If it gets really bad then muscle relaxants are a godsend as are hot and cold packs and Ibuprofen (anti -inflammatory)
The only exercise I found that helped is this one- it is better to do it on a machine.
You put grasp one weight (light weight) in both hands raise your arms over your head, then bend your arms back at a 90deg angle to drop the weight over your back, keep raising and lowering, you must keep your back straight when doing this- don't bend.

It takes time to recover-you have to be patient.

Now, I won't get into punching unless I do a lot of back exercises, but you can't get back to exercising until the injury has healed.
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Re: Upper Back Muscle Injury

I suffer from a nice bend in my spine in the upper back. Fairly often I get an very miserable injury. Usually the key for me, is to sleep in a proper position (usually uncomfortable to do the whole night) and I use Robaxin as a muscle relaxant. It's not perfect, but it gets me through the day.

Again as mentioned above, this is not medical advice, just a description of my situation (I'm not a Dr, yet). Make sure you talk to a professonal before attempting similar therapy. /disclaimer
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Re: Upper Back Muscle Injury

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Some cases of torn rib cartilage can cause grinding or crunching sounds when moving,
I hate it when it gets to this stage!

Does this help any?
Causes of Back Pain Radiating to Ribs-


A list of causes this is my problem I puuled the rib and that twists the vertebrae. Now I have to teach my daughter some highway driving with this! Fun huh?:
Vertebral Subluxation and Rib Subluxation

A vertebral subluxation is what chiropractors refer to when a vertebra has lost its proper alignment with the vertebra above and below. This can lead to muscle spasms, a reduced range of motion, and neurological irritation. If the vertebra loses its normal range of motion and position, it can also cause a misalignment in the rib joint and can refer pain into the rib cage. Pain can travel along the intercostal nerves. This is called intercostal neuritis. Intercostal neuritis is also caused by shingles, which is caused by the herpes zoster virus.



http://www.livestrong.com/article/26...ating-to-ribs/
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