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Ways on treating trapezitis

Trapezitis is inflammation in the trapezius muscles which result to pain and spasms in the neck. People working at desk using computers and performing physical labor or excessively using their neck and muscles are susceptible to this condition.

The trapezius muscles stabilize and secures the shoulder blade at the thorax and function in moving the shoulder blade medially and rotate in outward direction. It functions in lifting the head upwards and shrugging of the shoulders.

Causes of trapezitis

  • Driving long distances
  • Working for long periods of time in the same position
  • Being in an awkward position for a long time
    Ways on treating trapezitis

    Pain in the neck usually at night after working hours or driving for long hours.

  • Bad posture while breastfeeding a baby such as bending the shoulder.
  • Weak muscles of the neck and back which can be caused by health conditions or injuries.
  • Trauma or a direct blow on the neck or back and falls


  • Pain in the neck usually at night after working hours or driving for long hours.
  • Stiffness and tightness of the muscles which can be relieved by getting some sleep or a massage. Stiffness and tightness usually last for 3-5 days.
  • Difficulty moving the neck due to spasms.
  • Pain can be felt in the arms and hands
  • Tingling, numbness and weakness can be felt in the arms, hands and fingers on the affected side.


  • Take plenty of rest to relax the strained muscle fibers.
  • Take the prescribed analgesics, anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant medication to lessen the pain and swelling due to trapezitis.
  • Apply an ice pack or cold compress on the affected area for at least 10-15 minutes to lessen and swelling and inflammation. Avoid applying the pack directly on the skin to prevent further damage and worsen the condition.
  • Perform breathing exercises such as yoga in the morning to improve the posture and promote proper blood circulation in the area.
  • Avoid sleeping on the back to prevent severe straining and cause severe pain.
  • To keep proper alignment of the spine and neck, use a pillow that makes the body comfortable, maintain correct body posture and prevent pain or strain in the neck or back.
  • Massage the affected area using warm coconut oil or olive oil to prevent muscle spasms.
  • Avoid carrying heavy objects on the back. Use a back pack to minimize straining on the back or neck.
  • Use a cervical collar to lessen the pain caused by trapezitis. It also prevents unnecessary movement and prevents worsening of the condition.
  • Steroid injections are usually given at least 2-3 intervals of 15 days to eliminate the back and neck pain.
  • Seek the help of a physical therapist for some rehabilitation exercises that includes strength and flexibility training.

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