Conditions & Treatments - Rhomboid Strain


The rhomboid muscle is located on the inside border of the shoulder blade and attaches to the spine of the upper/mid back. The image provided displays the rhomboid muscle. This muscle assists is bringing the shoulder blade backwards and in positioning/ stabilizing the shoulder blade/socket when bringing the arm up. This muscle can be injured or affected by a sudden pulling movement with the arm, poor posture with activities which require prolonged sitting and overuse of the shoulder and arm. Activities which can result in injury to the rhomboid muscle includes reaching, rowing, serving a tennis ball, and carrying a heavy backpack over one shoulder. As a result of the injury the rhomboid muscle can become inflamed, irritable, sore, tight, tender to the touch or go into spasms


Rhomboid Strain Treatment Options for a PT

Hot packs/Ice packs

Strengthening/Stabilization (see videos Z25 & Z26 for shoulder) 

Stretching (see video 44 for cervical spine/neck)

Postural Training

Massage/Soft Tissue Mobilization


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Last revised: January 1, 2008
by Chai Rasavong, MPT









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