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After cervical traction I experienced permanent sternocleidomastoid hypertrophy/atrophy. Why?

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  • Posted By: VBili1
  • July 13, 2015
  • 02:53 PM

Back in 1992 I was undergoing physical therapy three times a week for spine/muscle issues and cervical traction was part of the treatment. I was suffering severe headaches following treatment but the physical therapist insisted I continue.

After one session I suffered severe scapular winging on the right side. During a Lidocaine epidural to release the muscle I experienced severe pain to the right clavical. Ever since I've had excruiciating pain, weakness, loss of ROM, hypertrophy and, subsequently, atrophy of the R sternocleidomastoid.

The pain/tension radiates across my shoulders, into my neck/jaw/head and down my back into the R scapula

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