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I have a constant pain in my inner right shoulder blade. sometimes it's a burning sensation. gets worse during stress. is it a knot or pinched nerve?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Scapular pain: Most scapular pain is caused by muscle spasm (since the scapula is a free floating bone, there are lots of muscle to hold it in place, and it is easy for them to be overworked). Stress is a common cause. If the pain is well localized, an injection of cortisone, saline, or local anesthetic may help. Exercises to stretch and strengthen (pt) will help. Ibuprofen should help.
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Multiple Things: Many sources can result in referred pain to the shoulder blade. Along with the neurogenic sources like cervical (c6 for example) and the suprascapular nerve, we also see many patients with occult shoulder pathology have referred pain to this area. Patients who are very flexible can also have occult shoulder instability refer pain to this area. Please consider seeing your doctor.

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