Shoulder blade pain is a condition that can affect many people and it can be difficult to determine the exact cause of the pain. Most often, the cause of shoulder blade pain can be something as simple as muscle tension. However, sometimes pain in (or between) the shoulder blades can be caused by a serious health problem. Therefore, it should never be ignored.
Symptoms of shoulder blade pain
In order to better understand what can cause pain, it is important to know a little more about the shoulder blades.
The shoulder blades are 2 triangular shaped bones that are attached to the clavicle and the arms. The medical name for shoulder blades is scapula. They are part of the upper back region, which also contains the thoracic spine. This is the part of the spine that supports the rib cage.
The back and spine are very complex, containing many bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and nerves. In addition, the upper back area also protects many vital organs, such as the heart. That is why it can be difficult to find the exact cause of pain.
Shoulder blade pain can be felt in one or both shoulders. Although more often than not the pain is caused by damage to the scapula, the pain can also be referred pain. This is where the pain originates in another part of the body and is felt in another location.
For example, some organ conditions only cause