Back pains below left shoulder blade



by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

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Back pain occurring below the left shoulder blade is not a rare condition.



Because of the complex makeup of the shoulder joint, it is vulnerable to sprains, strains, tears and inflammation of the components that make up the joint complex. These include the joint capsule, muscles, ligaments and bursae.

The two primary components of the shoulder joint are the acromioclavicular joint and the glenohumeral joint.

There are four muscles/tendons that provide integrity of the joint. As a group, they are collectively known as the rotator cuff. These are subject to wear and tear. When that happens, the condition is known as "tendinopathy."

The shoulder is surrounded by a series of small fluid-filled sacks, called bursae. They permit the muscles to glide smoothly. These bursae can become swollen, inflamed and infected. If this occurs, movement of the shoulder causes pain.

Pain that radiates into the left shoulder blade could be shoulder related or it could be due to nerve impingement (pinched nerve) in the neck.

Pains that occur over the shoulder blade (scapula) area can be due to trapezius muscle spasm.

Pain under the left shoulder blade can be a sign of internal organ dysfunction. Examples include a problem with the stomach or other abdominal structures (ulcers, pancreatitis, ectopic pregnancy) or in the chest (myocardial infarction [heart attack], pericarditis, pleuritis, pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, aortic dissection).

Pain in the spine near the shoulder blade such as degenerative disc disease and osteoporosis-induced fracture of the vertebrae in the thoracic spine can cause shoulder blade pain.


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