Muscle pains are known to be highly unsettling. They have also become one of the most common complaints which significant sections of the general population have encountered at one point or another. It is important to note that muscle pain in some quarters is known to be worse and in some more common than others. Rhomboid muscle pain in particular is one of the most frustrating type of muscle pain. As a matter of even if you do not have an idea of what exactly it is the rhomboid muscle is, you may have encountered some level of discomfort around that region at one point of another (may be even without being aware).
What is rhomboid muscle pain?
It simply refers to hurting that is centered on the upper back right below the neck and in between the upper shoulder blades (responsible for controlling the shoulders and the arms). Simply put, assuming you spent the entire day carrying a heavy backpack then you should known that it would be your rhomboid muscles which feel the pain the following day.
More specifically, the rhomboid muscle is a fairly thin muscle resembling the shape of a triangle. Since it is a skeletal muscles, it goes without say that it is connected to the bone and that it qualifies for use in moving joints. The primary purpose of this joint however, is usually to serve as a connector connecting the spine to the inner edges of the shoulder blades which in turn allows for the maintenance of a good posture.
The pain experienced on this muscle is therefore usually caused as a result of the excessive use or engagement of the muscles either by engaging in sporting activities such as tennis, golf or even carrying things on the upper back. As a matter of fact, in some instances it may even be reaching out for something really heavy from a high off shelf. Just so you know, it is the rupturing of the muscle or in unfortunate instances the pressing of the muscle on a nerve which brings about.
The most effective immediate treatment option for rhomboid muscle pain is getting proper rest and relaxation. Take note, your muscle tear was mainly caused by your body seriously straining against resistance. This being the case, engaging in any activity that is further strenuous would only serve to further cause tearing which in turn would significantly slow your recovery.
Another thing which is strongly advised that you do is that you try and reduce swelling. This you can achieve either by taking aspirin or better yet ibuprofen. Take note, taking these will not only help thin your blood; it would also significantly reduce any swelling. Using a cold compress like a bag of ice as well has also proven to help significantly reduce swelling as well as numbing the pain. Just make sure that you do not make use of the cold compress for long as this would only end up causing more problems.
In addition to all of the above, it is important to note that rhomboid muscle pains should be able to subside on their own within a matter of 2 or 3 weeks at which point you can comfortably return to normal activity. In the event that this fails to happen, it is strongly advised that you seek urgent professional assistance.