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What is levator scapulae syndrome?

Levator scapulae syndrome refers to pain from the levator scapulae muscle at the top of the shoulder blade (in the upper back). Physiotherapy can successfully treat levator scapulae syndrome.

How does levator scapulae syndrome occur?

Levator scapulae syndrome is usually caused by poor posture of the shoulders. For example, sitting at a computer hunched over with your shoulders rounded. This posture stretches the levator scapulae muscle and, if performed over a long period of time, it can cause inflammation and pain within the muscle.

What are the symptoms of levator scapulae syndrome?

The main symptom is that of pain which is felt in the upper back, where the muscle attaches to the top of the shoulder blade. Pain can also be felt in the neck, over the top of the shoulder or between the shoulder blades. This pain may disappear quickly when heat (i.e. a hot shower) is applied over the shoulder blade. Other symptoms include:

What should I do if I have levator scapulae syndrome?

If you have or suspect you have levator scapulae syndrome, you should arrange an appointment with your physiotherapist.

Physiotherapy for levator scapulae syndrome.

Physiotherapy is very important in the treatment of levator scapulae syndrome. Initially, they can diagnose your problem and explain the reason why you developed the syndrome. Following this, your physiotherapist will be able to design an appropriate treatment plan to reduce your pain and reduce the chance of it returning. This may involve:

What shouldn’t I do if I have levator scapulae syndrome?

If you have or suspect you have levator scapulae syndrome, you shouldn’t ignore the problem. Your pain may improve if you apply heat over the shoulder or massage the sore area; however, unless the cause of the problem is identified and addressed the pain will continue to return will get progressively worse.

Could there be any long-term effects from levator scapulae syndrome?

Levator scapulae syndrome does not produce any long-term effects, if it is accurately diagnosed and appropriately treated.

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