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Swelling between the spine and shoulder after falling. Radiating to chest. Request xray?

10 months ago I fell on my back very hard onto concrete. I have gone to a chiropractor and a physiotherapist and there was a bit of progress each time but then it seems to go back to a constant aching pain and it swells between my spine and shoulder blade. I fell on my thoratic spine and ribs. The pain radiates to my chest. I have never had an x-ray . Do you think after this much time it should be healed? Should I request an x-ray?
Asked On : Wed, 28 Nov 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for your query.
From description , it seems you might developed muscular or ligamentous strain over back .
Now after 10 montths if pain is severe ,I would suggest getting this evaluated by an orthopedician for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management. You may get the x-ray/MRI of the area affected under his/her guidance.
Meanwhile following measures will help with the pain
• Lie on a hard bed.
• Anti -inflammatory drugs like Tablet Motrin 1 tablet as and when required
• Avoid forward bending.
• Avoid strenuous activity & lifting heavy weights.
• Apply diclofenac gel on the affected area. Warm compresses will also help.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
Answered: Tue, 24 Jun 2014
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