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Friday, March 7, 2014
Muscle knot lower scapula where muscle insert
How do I alleviate a regular knot beneath my scapula which recurs frequently? i had a massage and it seems worse.
Spasm of muscle in this area is common and it is a frequent source of pain and irritation for patients. Frequent gentle stretching of the muscle, application of ice or heat or ice followed by heat and anti-inflammatory medications are all reasonable first options. Massage usually does help this problem, but at times can irritate the muscle. When these conservative measures don't help, consider seeing a physician who can do a trigger point injection in this area. Often this will break the spasm/pain cycle.
Charles Webster, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati