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Pain in Trap, Physio Can't Pinpoint Injury


#1

I have an injury, or so it seems, in my upper left trap, in the far left corner of the trap.
I get a sharp pain when i 'flex' my shoulder dow, imagine trying to get your left elbow down as far you could
The pain is worse when i push my shoulder down and then forward, similar to a most muscular pose

I also get this pain in my upper trap, on the back of my body, when in a pushup position

As you can probably tell it is a very weird injury, and usually when i wake up it is at its worse, when i warm up it seems to be at its best

Currently cant train anything other than legs, training chest seems to be the worst

If anyone has ny ideas i will be very grateful


#2

Who/what is a 'physio'?

Based on your description, my first two thoughts:
1) An acromioclavicular-related issue that 'feels' like trap pain (ie, referred pain, or a simple misinterpretation on your part).
2) A radiculopathy secondary to a cervical condition.

Whatever the cause, it sounds like you need to find a physician to evaluate this. Good luck.


#3

Thanks for the reply, it might be Australian but physio is short for physiotherapist, generally deal with injuries and rehab over a docotor
Ill read up on the points you made


#4

Are you also feeling pain in your AC joint?

Also can you elaborate more on exercises where you feel pain and where.


#5

Physio=physical therapist.


#6

Possibly c4 radiculopathy.


#7

sort of... physical therapy is a doctoral level program, i believe. physiotherapy (in the commonwealth - i think?) isn't. it is a 4 year first degree program.