Treatment For Shoulder Blade Pain That Gets Rid Of All Symptoms

This article focuses on shoulder blade pain signs, symptoms & the best treatment options. At CSC, our award-winning team of chiropractors and physiotherapists offer holistic non-invasive therapies for shoulder blade pain; contact one of our centers today.

Upper Back Pain & Shoulder Blade Pain

Common causes of shoulder blade pain

Upper back pain and shoulder blade pain are widespread nowadays as mobile devices are gaining more popularity. The upper back’s shoulder blade area is a common pain point in patients with a slipped disc (slip-disc). Aside from a slipped disc (slipped disc), the shoulder blade can become painful with shoulder disorders or injuries and bony malposition of spinal bones in the lower neck and upper back segments.

To recover, accurate diagnosis and holistic treatments of all implicated areas are necessary. In this article, we will familiarize you with upper back pain and shoulder blade pain.

Poor Posture Is A leading Cause Of  Upper Back & Shoulder Blade. 

People are spending most of their time with either mobile devices or computers and laptops. Desktops that are poorly set up will cause neck pain or upper back pain (shoulder blade pain) as this will put extra stress on the neck muscles of the shoulder blade. If the height of the chair, screen, keyboard, and mouse are proper, you will suffer multiple symptoms.

Improper computer posture can cause headaches, neck pain, upper back pain, and shoulder blade pain. Also, prolonged use of the laptop may cause pain. It can rapidly damage your neck. Using a laptop involves a forward bending of the neck and rounding of the shoulders. This typical laptop posture can lead to upper cross syndrome or proximal cross syndrome.

What Is The Leading Cause Of Pain In Between The Shoulders?

Poor posture impact spine & Shoulder blade

The leading causes of pain in the shoulder blade are those linked to injuries, poor posture, or neglect of minor neck and upper back issues. The most common cause of pain between the shoulders is an upper crossed syndrome. As the name applies, an upper crossed syndrome is a multi-pronged disorder; in other words, chronic issues have led to instabilities and weakness in otherwise healthy segments.

Upper crossed syndrome is descriptive of imbalances in muscle tones in the upper thorax. It is a combination of muscular tightness in the upper back muscles present with weakness in chest muscles and muscles in front of the neck.

An upper crossed syndrome can cause various symptoms, including neck pain, upper back pain, pain between the shoulder blades, shoulder pain, and even numbness or tingling in the arms or hands. The most common cause of the upper crossed syndrome is poor posture.

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The Upper Crossed Syndrome & Shoulder Blade Pain

Upper Crossed Syndrome & SHoulder blade pain

The upper cross syndrome consists of a tight upper trapezius and levator scapula. The tightness of these two muscles can lead to neck pain and upper back pain. The pectoralis muscles in front of the chest will be tight. As a result, it causes further rounding of the shoulders.

The rhomboids in between the shoulder blades are usually weak in patients with an upper crossed syndrome. Weaknesses in the involved muscles are due to overstretching of tissues between shoulder blades. Over a prolonged period, it can cause life-altering pains.

Serratus anterior is a critical muscle of great clinical importance, as it is often involved in an upper crossed syndrome. The serratus anterior provides stability to the shoulder blades. Pinched nerves, traumatic events impacting the shoulders, and poor posture can damage and eventually weaken the anterior. In addition to the chest and upper back muscles, the upper crossed syndrome is related to the neck’s deep muscles (cervical spine). The deep neck flexors, located in front of the cervical spine (neck), are weak in patients with the upper crossed syndrome.

Muscle Tightness & Trigger Points Between The Shoulders

Tight or spasmodic muscles with trigger points are capable of causing local pain or referred pain to a distant site. Therefore, spasmodic upper trapezius and levator scapula can cause pain that radiates to the upper back and shoulder blade region. On the other hand, overstretching a weak muscle over a prolonged period can further muscle tightness and pain. Weak muscles with poor endurance strength will get fatigued quickly, and this will further aggravate the condition.

We can share the good news with you that we have the perfect collaborative teams of chiropractors and physiotherapists to address all issues in your shoulder blade holistically. In short, our clinical non-surgical experts can offer you a wide range of therapeutic options that others may not. The integrative solutions we provide are seamless. Our teams work side-by-side; as a result, our patients recover faster.

What Is The Best Treatment For Shoulder Blade Pain & Upper Back?

How to treat pain between the shoulders

As we mentioned earlier, accurate diagnosis and targeted treatments are critical to getting rid of pain between your shoulders. In other words, for you to recover, you need an expert clinical team that can address joints, fix & repair slipped discs and muscular disorders simultaneously, without medications, injections, or surgery. All of the above and more can be found at Chiropractic Specialty Center®. We are Malaysia’s premier center for the non-invasive treatments of the spine, joint, sports injuries, and scoliosis.

Pain in the shoulder blade area requires specificity and accuracy. The uniqueness of care you get from our clinical teams of chiropractors and physiotherapists is that we have combined specificity and accuracy to produce efficient and favorable clinical outcomes, even if competing centers have failed.

Diagnosing The Actual Cause Of An Upper Back Pain & Shoulder blades Are Critical

Specificity is possible with an accurate diagnosis. Our clinical teams have the skills, technology, and knowledge needed for comprehensive shoulder blade treatment. In short, we are not the typical chiropractic or physiotherapy center. In fact, we are much, much more. We offer clinical physiotherapy combined with the best research-based chiropractic treatment in Malaysia for shoulder blade pain patients.

You will receive care from the best-combined care from CSC’s chiropractors and physiotherapists during each therapy session. Our integrative approach is better than the singular efforts of others. Visit Chiropractic Specialty Center® today. We have Malaysia’s best corrective research-based clinical chiropractors. Best of all, our advanced spine technology has produced better results than the rest for upper back, shoulder blade pain, or pain between shoulder blades.

Shoulder blade pain and discomfort can be puzzling because the causes aren’t easily identifiable. The scariest part about shoulder blade pain is that it can indicate something genuine like a heart or lung disease. However, most patients who suffer pain in the upper back, shoulders, or scapular region (shoulder blade) have a musculoskeletal disorder, injury, or malfunction. Musculoskeletal disorders are summed up as issues that involve the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Before providing details on shoulder blade pain causes, symptoms, and treatment options, let’s study the shoulder blade or scapula’s functions.

What Does The Scapula do?

In simplest terms, the scapula help with shoulder mobility, chest, neck, and upper back stability. The shoulder blade or the upper back’s scapular region connects the shoulder to the chest (collar bone) and upper back and neck through muscular attachments. The shoulder bone (humerus) attaches to the socket of the scapula. The scapular socket is a slightly curved structure forming the cavity for the shoulder bone.

An adequately positioned scapula is vital to shoulder and neck mobility. The shoulder blade (scapula) has muscle attachments to the shoulder, neck, upper, and mid-back portions of your spine (thoracic spine). Arm movements are made possible with simultaneous scapular motions. The rising of the arm incorporates the lifting, tilting, and rotation of the scapula away from the upper back. In short, for the shoulder to work within reasonable limits of motion, you need a healthy and properly positioned scapula.

The Link Between Neck & Pain Between The Shoulders? 

Neck and upper back stability are dependent on a healthy functioning shoulder blade. The Levator Scapula and the Trapezius attach to the neck or cervical spine. Both these muscles are essential to the stability and movements of the neck. Rhomboids major, Rhomboids minor, Serratus anterior connects the shoulder blade to the upper back and mid-back (thoracic spine and ribcage). The scapula even has connections to your lumbar, lumbosacral, and pelvic bones through the Latinisms Doris muscles.

To conclude, the connections your shoulder blades have with your spine, chest, shoulder, and neck are testaments to the critical role your shoulder blade performs in daily life. To better understand this point, we have provided a list of muscles connecting to your shoulder blade.

What Caused The Pain In between Your Shoulder Blades?

Upper back pain or the pain you feel at the shoulder blades have numerous causes. The most common cause of pain in the upper back area (scapula) are muscles, ligaments, and joints of the spine, shoulders, and ribs. Understanding these causes helps you identify issues and lead to better clinical outcomes.

What Muscles Attach To The Scapula (Upper Back)?

If you ever wondered how essential is the shoulder blades, you need to look at their muscular attachments. In total, there are 17 (seventeen) muscles that connect to your shoulder blade on each side:

  • Biceps Brachii Muscle
  • Coracobrachialis Muscle
  • Deltoid Muscle
  • Infraspinatus Muscle
  • Latissimus Dorsi Muscle
  • Levator Scapula Muscle
  • Omohyoid Muscle (the inferior belly)
  • Pectoralis Minor Muscle
  • Rhomboid Major Muscle
  • Rhomboid Minor Muscle
  • Serratus Anterior Muscle
  • Subscapularis Muscle
  • Supraspinatus Muscle
  • Trapezius Muscle
  • Teres Major Muscle
  • Teres Minor Muscle
  • Triceps Brachii Muscle (the long head)

To help you understand the scapula’s importance, we have separated the muscles by attaching the regions.

Arm & shoulder muscles That Cause Pain In Shoulder Blades &  Between The Shoulders

Here is the listed the names of shoulder and arm muscles that trigger pain in your upper back or shoulder blades:

  • Supraspinatus
  • Teres Major
  • Teres Minor
  • Triceps Brachii long head
  • Biceps Brachii
  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Deltoid
  • Infraspinatus
  • Coracobrachialis

Attachments to the neck region:

  • Omohyoid inferior belly
  • Trapezius
  • Levator Scapula

Upper back, mid-back, and posterior ribcage attachments:

  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Trapezius
  • Rhomboid Major
  • Rhomboid Minor
  • Subscapularis
  • Serratus Anterior

Lower back, tailbone (sacrum), and pelvic attachments:

  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Chest attachments:
  • Subscapularis
  • Pectoralis Minor
  • Serratus Anterior

As you can see, the clinical significance of your shoulder blades is enormous. Shoulder blade pain sufferers will need to have the muscles and regions that the above-mentioned 17 muscles attach adequately assessed to identify the actual cause of pain. However, there are instances where the shoulder blade pain can emerge from internal organs. The section below will briefly discuss some of the organ-related causes of pain in the scapular region.

What Are The Non-Musculoskeletal Causes Of Pain In The shoulder blades?

The non-musculoskeletal causes of pain in the shoulder blades may include shingles, malignancies, esophagus, heart disease, lung issues, or disorders that involve the abdomen and pelvis. Medical procedures such as laparoscopic examination may also cause discomfort or pain in the scapular region. A few conditions may give rise to shoulder blade discomfort, including gallstones, peptic ulcers, heartburn, pancreatitis, and liver ailment. However, with pancreatitis, the pain is often located in the left shoulder blade.

What Is The Best Home Remedy For Shoulder Blade Pain, Pain Between The Shoulders &  Upper Back Pain?

Home remedies for upper back pain or pain between the shoulder blades are stretching and strengthening exercises. However, make sure that the exercises or stretching you do at home are specific to your condition and needs. Heat or ice is also useful. Ice the affected area for 1-15 minutes. If the pain is due to an injury, Make sure to wrap the ice pack in a towel to avoid damage. Heat therapy is helpful for chronic conditions that result from tight muscles. Use moist heat wrapped in a towel for 15-20 minutes.

What Is The Best Treatment For Shoulder Balde Pain Pain?

Upper back pain treatments need targeting. In other words, the care you get must be comprehensive. Comprehensive care that fixes and repairs muscles, ligaments, and joints is essential to your recovery. Get CSC’s treatment for shoulder blade pain that gets rid of all your symptoms fast!

Chiropractic Specialty Center® treats the spine through the combined efforts of corrective chiropractors and clinical physiotherapists. Our experts will provide you with specialized home care instruction and in-office therapy should you need them. Call our center today and opt for the best shoulder blade treatment in Malaysia.

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