How did I get a Pinched nerve near the shoulder blade?

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  1. JEDI

    JEDI Lifer

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    I started doing Stronglifts again.

    Squats
    pushups
    reverse crunches

    during my 1st set of reverse crunches, i felt pain near my right shoulder blade. it feels like a pinched nerve.

    besides a couple of days rest, what else can i do?

    and how did i get the pinched nerve?
     
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  2. SociallyChallenged

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    Well, where exactly did you feel it? Was it beneath your scapula? Was it in between your scapulae, closer to the right side? The best thing you can typically do is some light exercise involving the area that's sensitive. There's not many nerves that can get pinched in the meat of the back so it may be muscle spasm or tightness. To fix that, you can contract the muscle(s)/area, hold it for something like 5 seconds, and relax. This allows the muscle to relax to a greater degree than rest. I'd do that maybe 5-10 times, three times per day. It may take a couple of days to loosen up - I had a very similar problem not long ago and it took about 2 days to feel better.
     
  3. eits

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    chances are you got a subscapular bursitis or a subluxated rib, not a pinched nerve.

    the easiest way to get rid of something like that is to have a chiropractor adjust your rib and spine and retract your shoulder, making it possible to stuff his hand under your scapula to rub out adhesions in the bursa. that should do the trick almost instantly.
     
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    It depends on where the pain is and how it feels - throbbing, shooting, dull, pronounced. Especially if the OP has been stressed lately, I'd say it's likely muscle. If it doesn't feel like muscle pain, then these are two legitimate suggestions. Commonly, I find myself with general muscle tightness that causes the pain that the OP describes. I don't have as much experience with subluxation and bursitis as I'd like so I forget about those :p
     
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    the pain is on the left side of the right shoulder blade. (ie: between the shoulder blade and spine)

    u maybe right in that i need a chiro.

    when i turn my head left, it also hurts that area. :eek:


    edit:
    meant to say between left side of right shoulder blade. edited my post
     
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    If there's poor localization of pain, it could even be one of your rotator cuff muscles. Is it a sharp pain or dull pain? Throbbing? Stabbing? You didn't answer :p I have rotator cuff problems and turning my head to the opposite side (like you state) makes my supraspinatus sore since it pulls my arm away from my scapula.
     
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    dull constant pain while at rest. when i turn my head, it seems like its in one specific spot.

    i've had rotator cuff injuries in both shoulders. physical therapy cured both. maybe i reinjured it at the gym? (but if so, it doesnt feel like the rotator cuff injury of the past.)


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    obviously, if this pain continues for more than a few days, i'm seeing my primary care doc and take it from there.
     
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    You could have very easily injured your rotator cuff, especially if you have a history of issues with it. Yeah, it could be infraspinatus issues, especially if it's a dull throb. It could also be subscapular bursitis, as eits suggested. Either way, I'd take some ibuprofen before going to bed and would ice it as well. Good luck, bud.
     
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    Is the pain gone now? What did you do to heal it?

    I think I have the same pain in the back, right shoulder between the spine and shoulder blade. It's been like that for over a week. I get some temporary relief by laying down on a tennis ball on the area. Sometimes the pain appears strongly in the evening. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
     
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myofascial_trigger_point

    Keep working the area with the tennis ball or something harder. My massage person uses her elbow. You may be able to feel it when you hit the spot, like a knot of tissue, it will hurt.
     
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    The most common symptom of a pinched nerve is a tingling ... can cause pain or tingling to travel into the arm or shoulder blade region.
     
  12. eits

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    or dry needling... that's the fastest way to get rid of a trigger point.
     
  13. eits

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    wwybywb?
     
  14. highland145

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    What is that?
     
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    Man, I used to get subluxated ribs when I was younger. Not fun.
     
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    Have you tried a knobby foam roller? Lie on it with it parallel to your spine.
     
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    Thanks. Thought I'd edited my post that I googled it.

    There is a local guy that does it but he doesn't have a storefront and the "Contact" on his web page wants me to fill in my info so he can contact me. Sounds ass backwards. Think I'll pass on him.
     
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    I go to chinese or japanese places if they are going to poke needles into me as the asian culture as a whole has been doing it longer than western medicine.