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What causes radiating interscapular pain?

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Posted on Wed, 13 May 2015
Question: Hi, I want to ask about pain between the shoulder blades. Sharp stabbing pain if I lean over to pick something up, especially when I stand back up. Its not like the shoulder blade pain of muscular or digestive stress, it might be emotional stress, but I'm concerned it might be heart related. My blood pressure is not especially high, should I be getting cholesterol levels checked, or cardio scan?

Thanks, I appreciate any comments
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Answered by Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi (56 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
So I will advise you physiotherapy like Interferential therapy.

Detailed Answer:
Hello

I have understood your symptoms,

There is radiating pain from inter scapular region downwards. Usually cervical disc bulge leads to nerve compression.
So I will advise you physiotherapy like Interferential therapy and auto traction for early recovery.
Static and against resistance guided exercise therapy may help in this case.
You can consult physiotherapist for that.

MRI cervical spine will help you to see severity of nerve compression.
If symptoms are more on left shoulder then you can do cardiac investigation and cholesterol levels.

Consult your doctor for investigation.
Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Take care.

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What causes radiating interscapular pain?

Brief Answer: So I will advise you physiotherapy like Interferential therapy. Detailed Answer: Hello I have understood your symptoms, There is radiating pain from inter scapular region downwards. Usually cervical disc bulge leads to nerve compression. So I will advise you physiotherapy like Interferential therapy and auto traction for early recovery. Static and against resistance guided exercise therapy may help in this case. You can consult physiotherapist for that. MRI cervical spine will help you to see severity of nerve compression. If symptoms are more on left shoulder then you can do cardiac investigation and cholesterol levels. Consult your doctor for investigation. Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries. Take care.