We routinely see patients who are experiencing pain between the shoulder blades and the spine. This type of pain is confusing to many patients because it can result from a variety of different factors – all of which have their own recommended courses for treatment. In this article, we are going to examine what could be causing pain between the shoulder blade and spine, and how to treat such pain.
Causes of Shoulder & Spine Pain
So what could be causing pain between your shoulder and your spine? Typically this type of pain is muscle-related, but it can be caused by more serious issues as well. Here are a few common causes of pain between the shoulder blades:
- Back muscle strain, or injury to the rhomboids or trapezius muscles
- Herniated disc in the spine
- Osteoarthritis of the facet joints
This conditions can be caused by injuries (car accident injuries, work injuries, sports injuries), poor posture, or degeneration as the body ages and breaks down.
Treatment Options for Shoulder & Spine Pain
How can this type of pain be effectively treated? That all depends on the cause of the pain. A muscle strain or injury can typically be treated conservatively with physical therapy and pain medication. Herniated spinal discs and osteoarthritis may be treated non-surgically, but if any spinal nerves are in danger, a minimally invasive spinal procedure may be necessary to prevent permanent damage in the area. A strategic physical therapy program is essential after this type of spinal surgery as well to return mobility, and reduce pain in the area post-operatively.
Edina Physical Therapy Clinics
The Minnesota physical therapists at OrthoRehab Specialists have over twenty-five years of experience treating patients throughout the Twin Cities. We have established relationships with over 600 providers across the state who routinely refer their patients to us for continued rehabilitation care after surgery or injury. In addition, we offer direct access to physical therapy care so you don’t necessarily need a prescription for physical therapy to make an appointment. Contact our physical therapists today at our Minneapolis or Edina clinics to set up your appointment.