Shoulder Pain and Its Possible Causes

Do you know that playing certain musical instruments can sometimes cause shoulder pain? In fact, I know of some guitarists and violinists who have suffered from shoulder pain after hours of continuously playing. But other people also suffer from shoulder pain for various reasons. For instance, football players, boxers and other athletes experience shoulder pain as a symptom of shoulder subluxation because of a hard blow on their shoulders, while ordinary people can suffer from shoulder pain due to poor posture. Regardless of the cause, however, shoulder pain including pain between shoulder blades is not something that you could easily neglect. The longer you delay to address the pain, the more it can linger and aggravate.

The key to treating shoulder pain is addressing its cause:

  • Poor Posture – Many people are not concerned about their posture when sitting down or doing their regular routine. However, poor posture is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. In particular, sitting down for a long period of time with the wrong posture can lead to muscle imbalances, causing some of the back muscles to work harder. This in turn can have an effect on some parts of your back, particularly the shoulder area. This is very common among office employees who are used to sitting down for several hours straight with poor posture and without stretching activities in between.
  • Strenuous Exercise or Activity – Engaging in a new and strenuous activity or an exercise involving twisting the trunk or spine such as when lifting heavy objects, doing heavy manual labor, or playing tennis or golf can put strain in the back muscles. This in turn can cause pain in the shoulder blades.
  • Cervical Spine Problems – A more serious cause of shoulder pain is cervical spine problem. People who experience accidents that affect the cervical spine may suffer from pain as a consequential effect. This pain may linger until the problem with the cervical spine is solved.
  • Visceral Pain – There are times when shoulder pain can also be caused by problems in other organs of the body such as the gall bladder, stomach, liver, lungs, spleen or pericardial sac. This is more often referred to as referred pain. In this case, a doctor must be consulted for proper diagnosis of the real cause of shoulder pain.
  • Incoming Heart Attack – Aside from chest pain, another notable symptom of an incoming heart attack is pain around the shoulder blades, which comes with sweating, nausea and pain in the left arm. If these symptoms are observed, immediate medical attention is needed.

Some of the causes of shoulder pain are easy to address by your own, while other causes such as visceral pain and possible heart attack need intervention from your health care provider or doctor. It is important that you or your doctor is able to identify and treat the real or underlying cause of your shoulder pain rather than just addressing the pain itself. Don’t let the pain linger. Address it as soon as possible.