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Causes of Pain under the Shoulder Blade

There are many possible causes of pain under shoulder blade and as I explained in my previous post, some of these causes are very serious.

For that reason my advice if you experience pain under your shoulder blade is to see a doctor immediately.

Causes of Pain under Shoulder Blade

Heart Attack

The most serious cause of pain under the shoulder blade can being pain from a heart attack.

In a heart attack the be localized to the shoulder or it may spread to the arms or neck and be accompanied by nausea, shortness of breath, or sweating.

Abdominal Conditions

Gallbladder disease can cause pain that is often located on the right under the shoulder blade, or on the tip of the shoulder.

Other abdominal condition can cause pain under the shoulder blade.  These abdominal condition include peptic ulcer disease, pancreatitis, and esophagitis.

Ectopic Pregnancy

In women of childbearing age pain under the shoulder blade can be a symptom of an ectopic pregnancy.

Chest conditions

Chest conditions that can cause pain under the shoulder blade include: blood clots in the lungs, pleurisy and pneumonia. Pleurisy is an irritation and inflammation of the surfaces of the lungs.

Shoulder injuries and strains

Shoulder injuries can cause pain under the shoulder blade.  Muscle strains or tears can also cause pain under the shoulder blades.

For further information see Pain Under the Shoulder Blade

Swim to Improve Your Shoulder Mobility

Swimming is fantastic for shoulder stability, strength and mobility. Its great for a cardio workout, and its low impact.

Exercising in water, including swimming, is great to way to increase the range of mobility of the shoulder. If you shoulder is just stiff, but not painful, front crawl and backstroke are great strokes to extend the range of movement.

Breastroke is the safest of the strokes, because unless your shoulder is very stiff, you should be able to keep the shoulder well within its comfort zone.

Butterfly is the stroke that should be avoided for any shoulder pain sufferer as you are very likely to take your shoulder beyond its comfortable range.

Keep your Shoulder Mobile to Stop Shoulder Pain

Keep your shoulder as mobile as possible. Most shoulder pain occurs when the shoulder becomes stiff and restricted.

Having good shoulder mobility is really important to stop the dreaded onset of frozen shoulder.

Frozen shoulder is basically when the capsule of the shoulder joint adheses, and quite literally freezes!

When this happens, without treatment you can expect between 18 months and 27 months of moderate to severe pain in the shoulder.

By keeping your shoulder mobile, you can allow the shoulder to function as close to normal as possible. Most pain and inflammation in the shoulder reduces when the rotator cuff muscles can move most efficiently.

Try the pendulum exercise by hanging your shoulder down and swinging it in a pendulum clockwise and counter-clockwise for two minutes, three times per day.

(Full details and illustrations are provided in my program, Exercises for Shoulder Pain.)