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How to bruise your shoulder blade?

How to bruise your shoulder blade?

Options: The most common cause of this would be a direct injury such as a fall or a direct blow. Alternatively, a bleeding disorder could cause you to bruise easily. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Toman
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Shoulder Injuries (Definition)

The term shoulder defines the area of the body in which the upper extremity is connected to the torso. This area includes the proximal humerus, the scapula, the clavicle, the joints that connect these bones, and the muscles that allow for their motion. Disorder can describe any deviation from normal of the shoulder an injury would imply a deviation from normal caused ...Read more


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I have a marble sized knot on my left shoulder blade. It is starting to turn darker than normal almost like a bruise and becoming larger.

See your doctor: That is a common area for a lipoma, although that does not usually turn dark like a bruise. See your doctor for exam. ...Read more

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I have pain on my left shoulder blade that feels like a bruise when touched and just hurts when left alone. Do I need to see a dr right away?

I have pain on my left shoulder blade that feels like a bruise when touched and just hurts when left alone. Do I need to see a dr right away?

Rest and ice: Pain and tenderness is often from musculoskeletal causes. A pulled muscle or trauma to the area would have to be considered. Associated symptoms such as chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, pain radiating to the neck or left arm would be more concerning but would be uncommon to cause tenderness over the muscle. A trial of over the counter anti inflammatory medication and rest may help. ...Read more

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I have a weird pain right above my left shoulder blade. It's almost a bruise kind of pain, but there is nothing on my skin.?

I have a weird pain right above my left shoulder blade. It's almost a bruise kind of pain, but there is nothing on my skin.?

Strain?: Maybe you simply strained your shoulder-could be muscular or tendon in nature, etc. If this pain continues, see your Dr. to have it examined. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I feel pain in my upper right shoulder blade and my shoulder feels swollen. Different spots on my right side feel like a bruise?

I feel pain in my upper right shoulder blade and my shoulder feels swollen. Different spots on my right side feel like a bruise?

It sounds like you: Have experienced some sort of injury or trauma to your right arm/shoulder. Experienced examiners including orthopedic or Sports Medicine specialists can put your arm and shoulder through diagnostic motions to try to diagnose what happened and how best to treat. You don't mention heat, rash, redness. If those present, assess for infection. Make an appointment. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Quarter sized hard lump under skin right shoulder blade area with a small bruise above it has been there for sure 2 1/2 years what is?

Quarter sized hard lump under skin right shoulder blade area with a small bruise above it has been there for sure 2 1/2 years what is?

Many possibilities: If there is no pain, no increase in size, unlikely to be cancerous. If increasing, or painful, you need to see a general or ortho surgeon for eval and likely work up or excisional biopsy. Small non painful lumps are frequently inclusion cysts, fatty tumors, possibly a cyst coming from a local joint. For reassurance, have your pcp take a look first. ...Read more

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Underneath right shoulder blade and around it have like burning sensation or it is raw but no bumps or open cuts in area, injuries or bruising.?

Underneath right shoulder blade and around it have like burning sensation or it is raw but no bumps or open cuts in area, injuries or bruising.?

Notalgia parastetica: This may be due to a pinched nerve. It causes a hypersensitive area on the back. Sometimes capcasian cream or topical Lidocaine cream helps. ...Read more

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Have a bruiselike feelin on my back shoulder blade like bruise but no bruise also on my head and now right in between my eyebrows on my forehead?

Have a bruiselike feelin on my back shoulder blade like bruise but no bruise also on my head and now right in between my eyebrows on my forehead?

Get a physical exam: To double check symptoms for reproducibility and possible testing or imaging. Not enough info provided in your history. So it warrants further investigation. ...Read more

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I have pain in my right under arm and right shoulder blade. Feels like bad bruise but no brushing evident.?

I have pain in my right under arm and right shoulder blade. Feels like bad bruise but no brushing evident.?

Several options: Several possibilities exist, such as: you may have unknowningly strained your arm (i.e. While you were sleeping), or you may have a pinched nerve in your spine. If your symptoms persist despite time and nsaids, you should see a physician for furhter evaluation. ...Read more

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I have right upper back pain between my shoulder blade and spine, it feels like bruising, it hurts a lot. Why?

See doctor: Commonly, upper back/shoulder blade pain can be from the neck or bursitis around the blade. Shoulder pain could be from the shoulder or referred. Common referred sources include: abdomen, heart and neck. Shoulder sources include: arthritis, labral tears, instability, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, bursitis, painful bony spurs etc. Ribcage pain can be from rib joints. See orthopedics. ...Read more

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I've had numbness in my back for months. It's the size of an adult hand and on my R shoulder blade. If its not totally numb it feels slightly bruised.

I've had numbness in my back for months. It's the size of an adult hand and on my R shoulder blade. If its not totally numb it feels slightly bruised.

Needs evaluation: This would need a formal history and physical examination to make an accurate diagnosis. Would need to answer several more questions. Start with your pediatrician or family doctor. ...Read more

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I feel a sharp pain when I lift my arms or twist between my right shoulder blade and spine. It leaves an invisible bruise I can feel but not see.

I feel a sharp pain when I lift my arms or twist between my right shoulder blade and spine. It leaves an invisible bruise I can feel but not see.

Muscular: This is likely a muscular issue. You did not give much detail. These things usually run their course, but if it does not improve in a few weeks then see your doc. A short course of physical therapy may be helpful. ...Read more

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I have a spot under left arm/beside left shoulder blade that is very tender to the touch. Feels bruised, but there's no bruise?

I have a spot under left arm/beside left shoulder blade that is very tender to the touch. Feels bruised, but there's no bruise?

get examined: This could be a muscle spasm or a rib contusion or any of a number of things. The Best thing to do if it doesn't go away is to see your gp physician and get examined/xrayed. Good luck! ...Read more

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Spill on my mountain bike. Upper right arm was next to my side rib cage. I have pain under right breast & shoulder blade. No bruising.?

Sprain: It sounds like a sprain. Be sure to practice range of motion, and see your doctor if the pain intensifies, especially after more than 3 days. ...Read more

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My colleague tapped strongly on my left shoulder blade. There are some bruises/pain there and I've had a lot of shortness of breath. Lung/heart problem?

My colleague tapped strongly on my left shoulder blade. There are some bruises/pain there and I've had a lot of shortness of breath. Lung/heart problem?

"Tap"? W/hammer?: Caused bruising? Something doesn't line up. Not likely heart issue, but could be orthopedic or lung, depending on your specific health issues/meds and what a "tap" is that can cause bruising. Should see your Dr or an Urgent Care for exam and x-ray -or- go to ER if shortness of breath prominent. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a patch of skin on my right shoulder blade that is tender to the touch (even a bra strap it uncomfortable) I have no other symptoms?

I have a patch of skin on my right shoulder blade that is tender to the touch (even a bra strap it uncomfortable) I have no other symptoms?

Notalgia: A patch of skin with no symptoms, particularly on shoulder blades of women is most likely a condition called notalgia paresthetica. This patch of skin can also be itchy, burning or achy. It is thought to be due to inflammation or irritation of a skin nerve. It is sometimes a challenge to treat but treatments are available. Please talk to your dermatologist. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a bruised shoulder bone to heal?

How long does it take for a bruised shoulder bone to heal?

Weeks: A bruised shoulder bone is basically a non displaced sub cortical fracture which means that it takes at least 4-6 weeks for the bone to heal. These are not standard fractures since it does not break the outer cortical lining of the bone, the bruise involves the underlying soft cancellous bone. ...Read more

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I have been in pain since Monday with my neck and left shoulder blade. I have a swelling at top of spine which is very tender and painful?

Exam: I suggest the use of OTC Advil or Aleve (naproxen) if you are not allergic to these medicines. I strongly recommend OTC BioFreeze to relieve muscular pain. You MUST BE EXAMINED ...Read more

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Pain for over a month started in left leg has spread to left shoulder. Under shoulder blade is tender to touch. What could this be? Its only the left

Pain for over a month started in left leg has spread to left shoulder. Under shoulder blade is tender to touch. What could this be? Its only the left

Could be myofasical: Chronic aches and pains in multiple parts of the body in a young female with otherwise healthy person is most probably myofascial/ fibromyalgia.

Other possible causes like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Lyme disease not to be excluded by a physician who, after a thorough evaluation, may order additional testing ...Read more

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Pain for over a month started in left leg has spread to left shoulder. Under shoulder blade is tender to touch. What could this be? Its only the left.

U need evaluation. .: Without a hands on exam & imaging & perhaps some labs. U can C Ur PCP or an internist 2 r/o significant underlying disease process. If need referral he/her can arrange it. ...Read more

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What injuries require for your arm to be in a sling? Does a bruised shoulder require a sling? Do X-rays prove whether you need a sling?

What injuries require for your arm to be in a sling? Does a bruised shoulder require a sling? Do X-rays prove whether you need a sling?

You may need: A sling to support your arm with any type of injury that will compromise your shoulder joint, or cause more pain if the arm is left to swing to gravity. A deep bruise, if sustained in the right place such as top of your shoulder or elbow, can worsen if left to gravity pulling the weight of the arm on your joint. Therefore, it depends on the location and type of injury. Xrays can dx fractures only ...Read more

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Bruised shoulder very painful got pain killers what can I do. As not able to lift arm as very painful how long til it gets better?

Bruised shoulder very painful got pain killers what can I do. As not able to lift arm as very painful how long til it gets better?

Sling/ time: If your diagnosis is really just a contusion to your shoulder then a NSAID (Ibuprofen), sling and time will help. If u are not getting better in 2-3 wks try to see an orhropedic surgeon for evaluation and to rule out any other injury. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Pain in r shoulder blade area that is tender when pushed on and makes r arm ache. Would any internal organ, aorta, gallbladder causes feel like that?

Pain in r shoulder blade area that is tender when pushed on and makes r arm ache. Would any internal organ, aorta, gallbladder causes feel like that?

Possibly: Usually, gallbladder or aortic pain would not feel worse with pressure on the scapula. Have you been doing any physical activity? Sometimes, certain exercises and activities strain the rhomboids and infraspinatus muscles causing similar pain. If you're not getting better, get checked out. ...Read more