Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
189 Doctors are Online

Pectoral muscle has indention. Chiroprocter said slight curvature of spine, pulled in muscle. Normal? Easy to heal?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Practicing since : 1994
Answered : 9086 Questions
My right pectoral muscle has an indention going from the middle of pectoral to the arm pit area like it is missing a sliver of muscle. I have never had a chest injury but my chiroprocter said a highschool injury to neck and slight curvature of spine has caused the nerves to pull in the muscle. After a few months of adjustments the indention of the pectoral muscle has lessened but not back to normal. And no more progress since then but I also had to change chiroprocters. The new one said I could have lost that rest of the muscle due to inactivity and the nerves. My question is: Is this common and is it that easy to lose that part of the muscle for good? I would think that even with it pulled in it would still get some sort of exercise and could lack of proper nerve communication kill the muscle?? If so, why did some come back after adjustments. Also, if the muscle is not lost, can I get the pectoral muscle back to normal? Any suggestions? I guess I am just scared I lost that muscle for good and for me, it doesn't look good. Side note, the right pectoral is weaker than left but that is probably to be expected. Thanks
Posted Thu, 26 Apr 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 1 hour later
Thanks for posting your query.
After an injury or a nerve damage, the muscle can get atrophied due to disuse. Since you have recovered partially after the treatment, there are chances of full recovery also. Disuse of muscle or a nerve injury does not kill the muscle rather it decreases the muscle mass.
To get back your muscle mass, regular exercise and physiotherapy will be helpful. This might also help in the recovery of lost strength in your right pectoral.
I hope this answers your query effectively.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an Orthopaedic Surgeon

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor