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Neck Pain & Pain on Inside of Right Shoulder Blade

I was doing militar press about a 1 1/2 months ago and injured myself pressing up during a warmup which caused the pain on the inside of the should blade and neck. Didn’t know if it was a disc or not so I started with the chiropractor which has helped lots but about three weeks ago I had an object that fell on my head at work and took all the rehad progress away. Present day I’ve still been going to the chiropractor and I’m back lifting with his approval as long as I don’t hurt while lifting. I have full movement of my neck except for looking all the way up and still have slight agitation in the shoulder blade when doing military press.

Any ideas of what the pains are from?

I wouldn’t follow what the chiro says without an MRI

[quote]masond_06 wrote:
I was doing militar press about a 1 1/2 months ago and injured myself pressing up during a warmup which caused the pain on the inside of the should blade and neck. Didn’t know if it was a disc or not so I started with the chiropractor which has helped lots but about three weeks ago I had an object that fell on my head at work and took all the rehad progress away. Present day I’ve still been going to the chiropractor and I’m back lifting with his approval as long as I don’t hurt while lifting. I have full movement of my neck except for looking all the way up and still have slight agitation in the shoulder blade when doing military press.

Any ideas of what the pains are from?[/quote]

I have the exact issue right now. It used to happen when I did overhead presses. Now it does it if a I try and curl heavy with a straight bar. I can only think that it is either weak neck muscles or some weakness in the trap rhomboid area. My pain last for about a week and slowly subsides. It sucks for sure. The issue will not be a problem for some time until I aggravate it again.

[quote]docholliday7777 wrote:
I wouldn’t follow what the chiro says without an MRI [/quote]

Whether the care is from a chiropractor or MD, it isn’t standard to get an MRI until conservative measures have failed to resolve the problem. “Conservative measures” may mean chiropractic, physical therapy, over-the-counter (or prescription) medicines,etc. Where to draw the line and decide that the conservative measure has failed is a gray area. One school of thought is if you have at least 50 percent improvement of symptoms within two weeks, the care is working. If not, possibly try changing the conservative measure and treat for another two weeks. So, hypothetically, he could be treated with little or no improvement for four weeks before an MRI is indicated.

[quote]Dr J wrote:

[quote]docholliday7777 wrote:
I wouldn’t follow what the chiro says without an MRI [/quote]

Whether the care is from a chiropractor or MD, it isn’t standard to get an MRI until conservative measures have failed to resolve the problem. “Conservative measures” may mean chiropractic, physical therapy, over-the-counter (or prescription) medicines,etc. Where to draw the line and decide that the conservative measure has failed is a gray area. One school of thought is if you have at least 50 percent improvement of symptoms within two weeks, the care is working. If not, possibly try changing the conservative measure and treat for another two weeks. So, hypothetically, he could be treated with little or no improvement for four weeks before an MRI is indicated.[/quote]

You are correct in your statement BUT IMO I would rather know exactly what is going on before anyone manipulates the spine again only my opinion.

I have had noticable changes in the healing since going to the chiropractor. Which is how I’m back in the gym now. It’s basically only in one part of my neck when I look up. Almost where the cervical and thoracic vertebrae meet. And on;y when I look up. It doesn’t feel exactly as if it’s on it either. A little to the right is where I feel it.

The pain is on the medial border of the scapula? Sounds like a facet joint impingement at the C5-C6 or C6-C7 level that is causing some referred pain. I would suggest you see a PT instead of a chiro.