Sharp shoulder blade pain in left shoulder



by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

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Sharp pains that occur over the shoulder blade (scapula) area on the left side can be due to the large muscle (trapezius) and other muscles that have gone into spasm.

The spasms of the muscles can be brought on by overuse or trauma to the muscle. The muscle will develop a spasm or “trigger point” that often send radiating pains to sites far removed from the trigger points.

Sharp pains that occur under the shoulder blade may signal that the pain is not in the shoulder itself, but can be related to a pain from one of the organs in the body. The shoulder where the pain occurs can give the clue which of the organs are affected and causing the radiating pain into the shoulder.

Pain under the left shoulder blade can be a signal that there is 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 under the right shoulder blade can be a signal of a gall-bladder inflammation or gallstones. Or it can relate to liver disease, or a problem with the duodenum.

There can be many other problems that can affect the shoulders and cause pain of minor or major proportions. Here are just some of those problems that are most apt to affect the shoulder:



(List excerpted from an article written by Dr. Emanuel Cane www.doctorsexercise.com)

1. Rotator cuff syndrome.
2. Muscles adjacent to the rotator group can be torn or strained.
3. Tendons and ligaments can be injured.
4. Inflammation of the shoulder joint, due to a viral arthropathy.
5. Joint dislocations that are directly related to a trauma, such as in golf, tennis, squash, bowling, handball, football and basketball. 6. Arthritis of the shoulder joint.
7. Fractures
8. Bursitis
9. Cancer, either primary (eg., osteosarcoma) or metastatic.





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