Shoulder Blade Popping

by Joshua
(burton,NB, Can)

Interscalene triangle

Interscalene triangle

Shoulder Blade Popping

My shoulder blade pops and has a tingling feeling, that runs done into my elbow(I was told it it might be Ulnar nerve damage by my doc, but i think it might be more) and right into my hand and fingers. there is not too many movements that actually don't bug me. this happened last yr when i feel on my arm with 50 lb book bag on my back and my shoulder blade popped then.


Hello Joshua,
Normally we aren't concerned about popping shoulder blades, it's not uncommon and seems to have little or no sequelae.

But this is obviously something different.

Do you have any midback, rib or breastbone pain? Think of the early stages of a Tietzes syndrome.

More likely, the jolt on your arm transferred the force up through your collar bone affecting the Inter Scalene Triangle and scalene muscles.

A first rib or collar bone fixation then greatly irritates the nerves and artery on the way to the arm. The tingling then would be worse when you raised your arm (cf a pinched nerve in the spine you would get relief). Does turning your head to the painful side, and then looking up give you pain in the neck or arm?

A careful thorough chiropractic examination is what's needed, Joshua. All the above is pure speculation.

I hope this has contributed.

Dr B

Critical is which fingers? That gives plenty of extra information.

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Jul 11, 2012
by: Joshua

Got my MRI and X-Rays done, and they could not see anything wrong, yet my condition seems be getting a little worse, also now on the right side of chest is not feeling like it should. Waiting on a nerve conduction, and Physio is soon to end cause there is nothing that they can do.


Sounds to me Joshua that it's time to see a chiropractor. Many of these subluxations won't show on a scan or X-ray.
However, I'd like to know what the result of Adson's test is, the Upper Limb Tension Test, and whether you have any issues with first and midback rib fixations.
When medicine says it's all in your mind, then it's time to see a thorough chiropractor. Do your homework before making an appointment, not the guy with the biggest advert!

Dr B

Jun 09, 2012
Heading home
by: Joshua

I am heading home now within the week, the doctor that was looking after me decide to send me home, cause twice when seating down my neck told me 3-5 mins to stand up because there was too much pressure in my neck. with that it sent the worse pain ever into my shoulder, arm and fingers.

Right decision Joshua. What's needed now is a careful and thorough examination. Good luck.

Dr B

May 28, 2012
More info
by: Joshua

I am also losing strength in my hand and arm.... When doing various things i find myself dropping lots of stuff, I have been working on light shoulder exercises to try to strengthen my shoulder. Any suggestions until i am able to get my MRI done and nerve conduction (going to be 6 weeks or so before i get back home)



Hello again Joshua,
I'm not sure of your situation, but frankly I'd cut short whatever you are doing, and get home. You need care for this condition NOW, not in six weeks time.

That weakness that is developing is an ominous sign. Neglect this and the probability that you end up in surgery increases by the day.

Do it.

Dr B

May 12, 2012
Pinched nerve in neck
by: Joshua

Yes I do have mid back back pain that is also has a burning and tingling feeling to it. The tingling and burning pain does increase when I do Lateral movements either to the front or the side along with my scapula popping. When I do move my head in those directions the pain does increase. As for the fingers on a daily basis it is my ringer finger and pinky, but on bad days it is my whole hand.

Thank you,


Most likely two different, but related conditions. One of your midback vertebrae, and/or costo-spinal joints and the other in the first rib-collarbone-interscalene triangle.

If it's affecting all fingers periodically, it's unlikely to be a slipped disc in the neck. But all three nerve roots going to the hand, C6+C7+C8 must pass through the Thoracic Outlet. Use the Search this Site function at C-H to learn more about these terms.

See a local chiro is my best advice.

Dr B

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