Chiropractors often treat patients who complain of pain between the shoulder blades as well as the neck pain and neck stiffness that often accompany it. In my San Diego Chiropractic Center I provide treatment for pain between the shoulders on a daily basis.
So why do people get pain between the shoulder blades?
There are many different causes of neck pain and shoulder blade pain but the same anatomical structures are common among these causes. Both recent and old whiplash injuries are common causes of pain between the shoulder blades. Bad posture will also cause pain between your shoulder blades because slouching over your computer or smart phone over-stretches the muscles in between the shoulder blades which lead to irritation, inflammation and pain and muscle spasm. Tight muscles and inflammation around the joints can compress the nerves that go to your arms resulting in numbness, tingling and weakness.
Relieving chronic pain between the shoulder blades can be difficult so it is important to begin your chiropractic treatment as soon as possible. The first step in your road to recovery is to get your neck and upper back examined by your chiropractor. Equally important is to take steps to identify the sources of postural stress in your life and either minimize or eliminate them if possible.
Treatment at my San Diego Chiropractic Clinic usually includes joint adjustments of the neck and upper back as well as electrical muscle stimulation and ultrasound. The patient also has work to do at home in order to speed their recovery that includes use of ice packs as well as specific stretches (sometimes yoga is helpful) and exercises.
If you are experiencing pain between the shoulder blades and live in San Diego we would be happy to help you.