Shoulder Blade Pain

Shoulder Blade Pain

The shoulder blades—medically known as the scapulae—are the triangular-shaped bones on the back of the shoulders. Each shoulder blade connects the upper back which sticks out and becomes more visible when you extend your elbows towards your back. The shoulder blades have many functions, one of which is to support pivotal movements of the shoulder.

As the shoulder does move in many ways, it is easy to injure, which can cause shoulder blade pain.

Shoulder blade pain is a very common experience that isn’t anything to worry about, but unfortunately in some cases, it is a sign of serious conditions, such as heart attack or liver problems or lung cancer. There are many other potential causes, ranging from degenerative disc disease to arthritis, to gallbladder disease, or even shingles.

People in shoulder blade pain have dull, sore, or shooting pain in the upper part of their back between their shoulder blades. It is caused by tight muscles & trigger points in the region of the shoulder girdle.


Some common causes are-

  • Heavy lifting
  • Poor posture
  • Working at a computer for extended periods of time
  • Exercise
  • Other activities

Other serious causes are-

  • Cardiac or Heart-Related Causes 
  • Musculoskeletal Causes 
  • Bone and Joint Related Causes
  • Chest Wall (Skin and Soft Tissue) Related Causes 
  • Pulmonary causes or Lung-Related Causes 
  • Malignancy (Cancer)
  • Abdominal and Pelvic Causes

When to see a doctor

  • Excessive sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Pain, swelling, or redness in your legs
  • Coughing up blood
  • Lightheadedness
  • Paralysis on one side of your body
  • Sudden difficulty speaking
  • Fever
  • Loss of vision
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat

Physical Therapy at SOS PHYSIO Rehab

Physical therapy at SOS PHYSIO Rehab can break the cycle of impingement and restore normal muscle balance. It relieves pain quickly and restores normal function significantly. 

There are many physical therapy treatments such as Manual therapy & Active Release Techniques (ART) are found to be very effective in treating this type of disorder.
For more information- Contact your local SOS PHYSIO clinic.

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