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Shoulder Blade Pain

The cause of shoulder blade pain may be multifactorial. Most of the time this pain goes away on its own. Occasionally the pain continues as either pain over your shoulder blade or pain between your shoulder blades.


  • Overuse of shoulder muscles
  • Poor sleeping habits
  • Fractured scapula
  • Arthritis
  • Shingles
  • Nerve compression either in your shoulder or neck
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Myofascial disorder

If the pain does not go away in a few days then an examination is indicated. Further evaluation may be necessary by either x-rays or MRI scan.  A majority of people will get better with decreasing activity, rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, improve posture, scapular retraction exercises and range of motion exercises of the neck, low-level laser therapy, and massage.

Great masqueraders include:

  • Heart disease
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Ulcer disease

To learn more about Dr. Cotler or to schedule an appointment, please call us on (713) 523-8884 or visit

Howard B. Cotler, MD, FACS, FAAOS is board certified and recertified in Orthopedic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

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