Trapezitis (Neck and Upper Back Pain) | Symptoms & its treatment

  • April 6, 2017
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Trapezitis is an inflammatory pain arising from the trapezius muscle causing severe neck spasm, which is known as neck pain or stiffness around the neck and shoulder or upper back pain.

Thus trapezitis is more common in people working on a computer or driving for a long distance etc.

Inflammation in any fiber can cause trapezitis. Constant stress and strain on the muscles can lead to inflammation and spasm of the muscle.

Thus trapezitis is more common in people working on a computer or driving for a long distance etc.

Pain and stiffness due to Trapezitis is episodic and lasts for 3-5 days. Trap pain is classic stress pain.

Symptoms normally include aching shoulder, a feeling of neck hurting and is often deep and painful. Sometime it is accompanied by a headache, especially in the temples or behind the eyes or at the base of the skull.

A burning sensation between the shoulder blades is felt when sitting in front of the computer without elbow support. This is a highly disabling condition, which greatly prevents a person from leading a normal life.

Trapezitis is also common in a breastfeeding woman if she bends her shoulder while child feeding. Thus in modern day life many people experience trapezitis due the overuse of this muscle at their workplace.

Goals of Physiotherapy:

  • Improves pain through advanced modalities
  • Reduces tightness
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces spasm
  • Reduces tightness
  • Increases strength: resisted band exercises
  • Alignment correction through manual therapy
  • Taping technique
  • Laser therapy for instant pain relief
  • Reflexology

Physiotherapeutic Approach:
To relieve pain:
Laser therapy:

Evidence based practice:
Comparative Study of Myofascial Release and Cold Pack in Upper Trapezius Spasm. February Volume: vol 3 Issue: 9 Page: 2161-2166.

Transcutaneous electrical stimulation:
EVP:Effectof Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation In Trapezitis Rajalakshmi.A International Journal of Physiotherapy and Research, Int J Physiother Res 2013, Vol1(5):205-7. ISSN 2321-1822.

Cold Pack and Myofascial Release:
EVP: Original Research, Comparative Study of Myofascial Release and Cold Pack in Upper Trapezius Spasm Ekta S. Chaudhary. 17/09//2013.

Correction:
Postural correction by taping technique and ergonomic advice.

Stretching :
Stretching to trapezius, pectoralis major, upper body strecthings.

Strengthening and To Improve Range:

  • Muscle energy techniques for trapezius
  • Positional release technique for trapezius.
  • Theraband resisted exercises.
  • Upper body strengthening exercises.

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