24/7 scapula and shoulder pain

by Kayla A
(California )



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Back in october of 2014 my back was stepped on causing a shoulder injury. After a few hours of pain and limited movement I felt it pop and the pain went away (for the most part). I wore a sling for a week and called it good.

A few months later I woke up with the same shoulder pain. Again a few hours later I felt it pop and it felt better again. Wore a sling for a week and called it good.

After that the pain never went away so sometime in march I went to the doctors. The first doctor took an xray said I was fine and not to come back. After I went to the er and they gave me narcos and an immobilizer. A couple days after that the pain had grew a lot worse so I went to a different doctor. They did a rotator cuff injury, which I passed, and gave me a referral for a physical therapist.

I went to one twice a week for a month and it had helped somewhat in the mean time, but after I stopped the pain came back and has never left since.

It's now 18 months later and I have to deal with this pain pretty much 24/7. I do home exercising and ice it but nothing helps and neither does ibuprofen, advil, etc.

The pain is located mainly on and below my scapula, travels up the side of my neck, completely around my shoulder/collarbone, down to the middle of my ribs (just on the back though) and down mid arm.

I'm beginning to develop lower back pain which I think actually might be because of this issue.

Please help. I'm 17, I shouldn't have to be dealing with this. Oh, also, I have normal mobility, just a lot of pain.

Hello Kayla,
Do any movements of your neck hurt at all? Where, and what kind of pain or tingling?

Did anyone test reflexes and whether there is numbness in your arm?

Please use the search function at Chiropractic Help and do the Upper Limb Tension Test.

Does working with your arms above your head increase or relieve the pain, and where?

Does deep breathing cause pain, and again where is it? Any breastbone discomfort, or headaches?

Let me know.

Dr B



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Mar 18, 2018
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by: bun4getable@gmail.com

I have had the exact pain for years. Doctors told me all kinds of crazy stuff. By chance a physical therapist showed me how to alleviate it with a stretch; but also my chiro can fix it on the spot.

It's usually the C7 or T1 vertebrae out of place causing a rib to aggravate everything around the scapula and back up the neck. It sucks and had it off and on for about 20 years. Oddly enough at this very moment I have the pain but due to a fusion and 2 spacers on my C 5-6-7 three days ago I cannot perform the stretch. It's been a long weekend as my chiro is only Mon-Fri so I will be in his office tomorrow. Good luck hope this helps!

Mmm, not so easy fix otherwise you would not have had the fusion. I doubt your chiropractor will have done too much on Monday morning after a neck op a week ago. Am I wrong?

It would be useful to others (and to me!) if your could describe that stretch.

Be really sensible and follow the surgeon's instructions to the letter for the next few months; ever heard of failed back surgery?

It's a difficult problem that both you and Kayla had; thank you for your contribution.

Dr B

Jul 07, 2015
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by: Kayla

If i turn my head in either direct to where my chin is right above my shoulder there is a pulling feeling that hurts at about a 5 on a scale of 1-10. The only tests done for my shoulder was a rotator cuff injury test. Sometimes when i inhale i get a stabbing sensation in my left rib cage that lasts for about 30-45 seconds. And I cannot do any overhead lifting above a certain weight. It doesn't hurt i am just not physically able to lift anything over my shoulder anymore. I do occasionally get numbness in my arm. I like to describe it as the achey and weak feeling you get when you're sick, but just in my arm.

I need the answers to the question too, Kayla to give you a helpful answer. Exactly where is the numb feeling in your arm?

Dr B

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