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Thanks for the replies. I plan to contact a sports medicine ortho on Jan 2 (once offices open again). CT06405 - does your upper back crack/snap when turning your upper body? I noticed after my worst strain this summer that my upper back (right side) now cracks pretty much any time I turn my upper body to the right. It is in the lowest part of the area that has pain.

Also, I'm not sure what you mean by a locked muscle exactly, but mine is more pain and tightness than a locked muscle. When I say I can barely turn my head the day after I strain it, I mean because it is painful. I think it is possible I could turn it, it would just be very painful. Thanks!
[QUOTE=Bpain;5110528]Thanks for the replies. I plan to contact a sports medicine ortho on Jan 2 (once offices open again). CT06405 - does your upper back crack/snap when turning your upper body? I noticed after my worst strain this summer that my upper back (right side) now cracks pretty much any time I turn my upper body to the right. It is in the lowest part of the area that has pain.

Also, I'm not sure what you mean by a locked muscle exactly, but mine is more pain and tightness than a locked muscle. When I say I can barely turn my head the day after I strain it, I mean because it is painful. I think it is possible I could turn it, it would just be very painful. Thanks![/QUOTE]

Hi Bpain, my upper back doesn't snap at all at this point in time. I just get a muscle that locks up with a slight pain and a pulling sensation if I try to move my head down or around. My pain is very minimal, it's more tightness. I am going to quit doing any weight workout that irritates that shoulder and neck area at all, and use a theraband and a body blade instead to work out that arm. I find it clears up pretty quickly if I don't lift weights with my left arm and shoulder.

Your cracking sounds like it could be an inflamed joint or possibly bursitis - let's hope it's not a broken vertebrae! I had bursitis from tennis years ago. It was a sac of synovial fluid in my right upper back which formed due to joint and muscle irritation. Mine came from pulling down too quickly on my tennis serve. I would feel it snap over the joint when I'd move my upper back - like my whole right upper back would shift - and it was constantly painful. You can get these sacs of fluid removed, but I opted to live with it, for some strange reason. I'd hate to tell you how long it took to go away on its own; ten years!

I would definitely mention the cracking to the the doctor and try to get some imaging tests done. It sounds like your body is trying to protect a muscle or joint injury, possibly something that is getting serious if it is that painful.





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