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A 21-year-old male asked:

what could cause grinding under my shoulder blades when i shrug?

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Dr. Viquar Khan mundozie
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Need evaluation : Please see your doctor for exam and possibly an X-Ray to determine the cause. It could be benign. Hope this helps
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: There are a number of conditions that can contribute, most of which involve an abnormality on the under surface of the scapula. Osteochondroma a and other bony prominences can impinge on the rib cage, with motion; sometimes an increased thoracic kyphosis or a hyper mobility syndrome can contribute as well. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated .

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