Levator Scapula...that Irritating Pain in the Neck!

Apr 14, 2023

Welcome to A+ Healthcare's comprehensive guide on levator scapula, a condition that often leads to irritating pain in the neck. Through this informative article, we aim to provide you with valuable insights into the causes, symptoms, and treatment options available to alleviate the discomfort associated with levator scapula.

Understanding Levator Scapula

Levator scapula is a common musculoskeletal condition that affects the neck, causing pain and discomfort. The levator scapulae muscles, located at the back and sides of the neck, connect the shoulder blades to the upper vertebral column. When these muscles become strained or overused, they can develop tightness and trigger pain.

Causes of Levator Scapula Pain

Levator scapula pain can arise from various factors, including:

  • Prolonged poor posture
  • Repetitive movements or activities
  • Trauma or injury
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Stress and tension

It is crucial to address these underlying causes to effectively manage and prevent the recurrence of levator scapula pain.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

The most common symptom of levator scapula is a persistent, aching pain in the neck that can radiate to the shoulders and upper back. Other common symptoms include:

  • Stiffness and limited range of motion
  • Tenderness and muscle knots
  • Painful movement or when turning the head
  • Headaches originating from the neck

If you experience these symptoms, we advise seeking professional medical evaluation for an accurate diagnosis. A healthcare professional can perform a thorough examination and may recommend imaging tests or other diagnostic procedures to confirm the presence of levator scapula.

Treatment Options

A+ Healthcare offers various treatment options to address levator scapula pain and promote neck health:

  1. Physical Therapy: Our expert physical therapists can guide you through specific exercises and stretching techniques to relieve muscle tension and improve flexibility.
  2. Posture Correction: We emphasize the importance of proper posture and provide ergonomic advice for your daily activities to prevent strain on the levator scapula muscles.
  3. Pain Management: Our healthcare professionals can prescribe pain-relieving medications or recommend non-invasive methods such as heat/cold therapy or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).
  4. Stress Management: We offer stress reduction techniques and advice to help minimize the impact of stress and tension on levator scapula pain.
  5. Trigger Point Injections: In some cases, trigger point injections may be recommended to target specific areas of tension or muscle knots.

Note that the choice of treatment may vary depending on the severity and individual needs of each patient. Our healthcare professionals will create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific condition.

Prevention and Self-Care

Preventing levator scapula pain involves adopting healthy lifestyle habits, including:

  • Maintaining good posture
  • Taking regular breaks during repetitive activities
  • Doing neck stretches and exercises
  • Using supportive pillows and ergonomically designed furniture
  • Managing stress through relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation

We encourage you to practice self-care as a way to prevent or manage levator scapula pain.


A+ Healthcare understands the detrimental impact of levator scapula pain on your daily life. Our goal is to provide comprehensive information and effective solutions for managing and overcoming this distressing condition. Contact A+ Healthcare to schedule an appointment and receive expert advice on improving your neck health and finding relief from levator scapula pain.