The sharp pulsating pain that you feel in the back of your neck region and in the middle region of the back could be easily caused by a strained levator scapula muscle. Sitting in your chair all day and staring the computer screen with little or no movement causes stiffness or tightness in the levator scapulae. Though the disease can affect both the scapula muscles on the left and right side, it has been noted that in most of the cases left side is affected.
What causes Levator Scapulae strains?
The levator scapula muscle tendon originates on the transverse process of the first four cervical vertebrae of the cervical spine (neck) and attaches to the scapula (shoulder blade). The levator scapulae are twin muscles located on either side of the neck. The contraction of this muscle is important for elevation of the scapula causing the shrug movement. Strain in the levator scapula muscle can be caused by various reasons but the most common amongst them is bad posture. Sitting with a hunch for long hours at work causes tightness and tension in the muscles leading to discomfort and pain. Some other common reasons are holding tiny cell phones to your ear for a long period and carrying one strap bags or, in case of women, shoulder bags aggregates levator pain.