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Old 02-20-2012, 05:03 AM   #1
Alex Beasley
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Neck/trap pain, one shoulder lower and broader than the other?

Yesterday I woke up with the mother of all neck pain. Any time I looked left, up or down it caused sharp pain in the side of my neck. Any time I twisted to the side, ie getting in or out of a car, in or out of bed, etc, it hurt.

Whilst the pain isn't as bad today, it's still there, along with something very, very curious; my left shoulder is lower and broader than my right one. I can't tell if my left shoulder has 'grown' out and down or if my right one has bunched up, annoyingly, but I assume this state of affairs has a lot to do with the pain.

Any ideas what's going on?
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:11 AM   #2
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Re: Neck/trap pain, one shoulder lower and broader than the other?

Dominant arm usually sits a little bit lower and forward than the other shoulder, as we use it more in reaching tasks and thus is biased more into protraction which the scapula will sit lower on the rib cage

Neck pain sounds like a stuck facet or something like that. Use some heat, massage, etc. to loosen it up.

If it doesn't get beter in a couple of days see a physical therapist

If you suspect an imbalance also see a PT.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:07 PM   #3
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Re: Neck/trap pain, one shoulder lower and broader than the other?

I have the same issue sometimes and it was diagnosed by my physio as "wry neck", it's a pesky little thing but with some pre-hab stuff it's easily controllable.
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