Chronic Rhomboid Pain

by Rachel S

I have been experiencing pain in what I assume is my Left rhomboid major since about February. The pain is never severe but gets up to a 5 or 6/10 pretty consistently, it is not a stabbing pain; rather a deep ache extending from the spinal border (medial border) of the scapula towards the spine and down/ around to the inferior angle of the scapula.

The pain is most troublesome when supine; I get intermittent relief from side lying. The pain is also nagging when sitting at times. Any suggestions on stretches / strengthening that could be helpful? Also willing to see a practitioner if needed. Thanks!

Hello Rachel,
This area is something of a diagnostic nightmare; there are a host of conditions, including rarely some serious, that can cause it. The underlying ribs, thoracic spine are common spokes in your wheel.

Then the rhomboid muscle is supplied by C5, so it can be a radiation from your neck.

Since you've had this nearly a year now, it's definitely time to consult a health professional; otherwise there's the likelihood you'll have it for the rest of your life.

Dr B

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