The levator scapulae muscles are located on either side of the neck.
Sharp pain in and around the neck, often radiating upwards and leading to headaches. The neck area may also become noticeable inflamed. Frequently, the feeling of discomfort in the area will be prolonged. Movement can be restricted in the neck and shoulders, with pain and stiffness worsening when attempting many everyday motions. The syndrome most frequently affects the left side of the body.
Most often, the cause of levator scapulae syndrome is overuse. This can be due to many factors such as failure to warm up correctly before an activity or to stretch and strengthen the neck muscles regularly. It can also be due to training for extensive periods when the muscles have become noticeable weakened. Finally, damage can be caused by greatly increasing the exercise program quickly, in return, not allowing for a proper time to adjust.