Don’t Suffer Pain Under the Shoulder Blade
Pain under the shoulder blade can be a symptom of serious underlying medical conditions including heart attack and cancer. If you suspect any of these conditions seek immediate medical attention.
The human shoulder is a very complex structure, with many muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Any part of these parts of the shoulder joint may at some time cause pain under the shoulder blade.
Shoulder blade pain, whether it is on the left or right side, between or under the shoulder blade, can be caused by damage to these components, or may also be caused by referred pain from another part of the body.
Causes of Pain Under the Shoulder Blade
The shoulder is a very complex structure, and is very vulnerable to injury. Pain under the scapula can be from damage or stress to the actual shoulder components, or may be referred pain, from another part of the body. It is important to note whether overuse, incorrect use, or injury may have caused the pain, or whether the pain is unexplained, and is associated with other physical symptoms.
Because there are many muscles, ligaments, and tendons to over-stretch, overuse, tear, sprain, and strain, it is helpful to know the activity which may have caused the injury. If there are other non-related symptoms, and the pain persists, it is recommended that you seek a professional medical evaluation and diagnosis for treatment.
Pain under the shoulder blade can be caused by overusing muscles, tendons and ligaments, or the scapula may be fractured in an accident. Lifting incorrectly, strenuous exercise, repetitive strain, poor posture for prolonged periods of time, age, and degenerative diseases of the shoulder components may also be a cause of pain. Osteoporosis, making the bones porous and brittle may contribute, as well as arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation of tendons, or the bursa may cause tendinitis or bursitis, and rotator cuff injuries may include tears, impingement, frozen shoulder, or bursitis.
If the shoulder blade pain is caused by a disorder in another part of the body, the pain is called “referred pain”. Causes of referred pain can include gall bladder disease or gallstones, liver damage, peptic ulcers, pancreatitis, esophagitis, pleurisy, blood clots, ectopic pregnancy, pneumonia, and some cancers. The referred pain in the left shoulder blade could also be caused by cardiovascular disorders such as a torn aorta, pulmonary embolus, and heart attack.
If the pain is referred, other symptoms will accompany the shoulder blade pain, and will occur simultaneously. If the pain cannot be explained by overuse, accident, or misuse, it is recommended that you seek a physician’s opinion, because the pain may be caused by another factor which needs to be treated immediately.
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Pain Under Shoulder Blade Treatments
Unless it is referred pain from another cause of bodily dysfunction, the pain under your shoulder blade should go away in a few days. Resting adequately, using heat or cold compresses, and anti-inflammatory medication and pain medication such as ibuprofen, will help to heal the muscle, ligament or tendon which is causing pain. Exercise designed to aid in healing the injury is strongly recommended also.
If a rotator cuff injury or tear is suspected, it is recommended to seek medical attention to receive an accurate diagnosis, for more effective treatment and remediation, possibly involving surgery and physical therapy. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and Computed tomography (CT) scans can be performed to locate any structural damage to the shoulder. Pain under the shoulder blade is complex to diagnose at times, and if you are not sure of a cause, it is best to seek medical attention, to prevent further damage, and to insure proper healing.
Pain Under Shoulder Blade Rehabilitation
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Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP