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What can I do if I have upper back pain under the left shoulder blade?

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Dr. Craig Morton
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: Anti-inflammatory

Upper back pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc.
Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. It is common for this type of pain to refer to the head as well as shoulder blade. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician.

In brief: Anti-inflammatory

Upper back pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc.
Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. It is common for this type of pain to refer to the head as well as shoulder blade. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician.
Dr. Craig Morton
Dr. Craig Morton
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management

In brief: Muscle spasm

Start with heat, rest, nsaids, and massage.
If that fails your pcp can prescribe a muscle relaxer for you.

In brief: Muscle spasm

Start with heat, rest, nsaids, and massage.
If that fails your pcp can prescribe a muscle relaxer for you.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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