Cervical Pain

Cervical pain radiating between Your Shoulder Blades

Pain between your shoulder blades and spine can be on both sides or just one side. Usually this pain is a referred pain from the facet joint area of the cervical spine. It certainly involves the muscles in the region causing spasm and worsening the pain. The muscles "splint" themselves. They become taut and protect the joints trying to decrease motion of the joints protectively. When your muscles become taut they become less able to function fully. The overstretched muscles are working way too hard. They run low on oxygen and may cramp up. They are not working the way they were designed to work.

Conservative care of pain between the shoulder blades.

You need to eliminate your forward head or forward arm posture to stop overstretching your back muscles. Try to keep your neck in neutral or avoid extremes of motion of the neck. You need to strengthen your back. You will have to practice lifting your shoulder blades and rolling them backward, so they will become more movable.Practice squeezing your shoulder blades toward your spine.

Symptoms of Pain Between the Shoulder Blades

The symptoms may include: The pain can be described as a burning ache or a sharp pain that catches their breath. It is painful to take a deep breath. The pain is a deep ache. The neck is stiff or I can't put my chin to my chest now, It is painful to stretch between my shoulder blades


The area of the back (spine) between the two shoulder blades is called the thoracic spine. The shoulder blades are called scapula. The major muscles are the rhomboids (major/minor), trapezius, levator scapula, infraspinatus and supraspinatus.

The facet joints are the small joints on each side on the back of the cervical vertebral joints.

What are the Causes of Shoulder Blade Pain

Mechanical Back Pain or pain most commonly may arise from the facets of the neck. Pain may manifest as a Muscle Trigger Point. A trigger point is basically a muscle knot. These trigger points in one of the upper back muscles, especially the levator scapulae,. Trigger points can also cause referred pain, which could create pain in other places. Compression of a Nerve in the neck can also cause pain between the shoulder blades.

Other medical Causes of Shoulder Blade Pain

An organ within your body may cause the posterior pain between the shoulder blades. This is called visceral pain and is a referred pain from an organ like your liver, gall bladder, stomach, spleen, lungs, or pericardial sac. You could also have shingles starting.

Treatment of Pain Between Shoulder Blades

Conservative care of this pain between the shoulder blades will usually include: Heat This is a simple self-treatment. Using a microwaveable heat bag, hot water bottle or an warm moist towel apply the heat to the painful muscle to try relax the muscle knot, massage, cat stretch to roll the shoulders and stretch between the shoulder blades, Good Night Sleep, It is amazing how a good nights sleep can help the body to heal itself. Gentle Exercise may help with poor posture and irritative muscle spasm. Try go do some gentle exercise to see if it can help stimulate your posture.

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