Pulled Traps- Ouch! The mofo hurts like the dickens!

  • bijockmuscle

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    Jul 02, 2008 2:38 PM GMT
    I pulled my traps about three weeks ago and it is still kiiling me. Sometimes the pain goes all the way down to my elbow. The only thing that really helps it is Advil but I don't want to keep taking it b/c of the effect of it on my liver. I have been trying to stretch it by putting my arm behind my back and reaching up with it as high as I can and then with my other hand, moving my head downward away from the side that is pulled. Any other suggestions on how to make it better?
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    Jul 02, 2008 2:52 PM GMT
    Could it be that you pinched one of your nerves on your spine? Sounds like nerve impingement to me...
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    Jul 02, 2008 4:40 PM GMT
    bijockmuscle saidI pulled my traps about three weeks ago and it is still kiiling me. Sometimes the pain goes all the way down to my elbow. The only thing that really helps it is Advil but I don't want to keep taking it b/c of the effect of it on my liver. I have been trying to stretch it by putting my arm behind my back and reaching up with it as high as I can and then with my other hand, moving my head downward away from the side that is pulled. Any other suggestions on how to make it better?


    Massage?
    Accupuncture?
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    Jul 02, 2008 6:39 PM GMT
    Yeah its sucks man I've been there just let them heal. I had the same pain down to my elbow's with bruises signifying muscle tear on my inner triceps just take aspen no ibuprofen because the of the affects it has on your muscle growth.

    O yeah ice and bengay help tooicon_wink.gif
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    Jul 02, 2008 6:44 PM GMT
    Funny, I just pulled a muscle in my neck two days ago. Same muscle I pull at least once a year.

    I never understood the point of taking advil etc. for muscle pulls. Unless you are completely keeled over, by numbing the pain, you run the risk of additional movements that could further disturb the injured muscle while its healing. The old joke "Hey Dr, it hurts when I move this way." "Well, don't move that way!" is really true.

    I usually go for an accupressure massage. There's a place near me that is inexpensive ($30/30mins) and it works surprisingly well.

    I'm still trying to figure out what exactly I do that pulls this muscle, since it seems to happen at least once a year. I'm probably not stretching enough.
  • auryn

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    Jul 02, 2008 6:58 PM GMT
    Theraputic Massage. Check and see if your insurance covers it or get your doctor to write you a prescription.