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Felt extreme pain under right shoulder blade through chest on slightly twisting and bending upper body. Tweaked muscle?

While slightly twisting & bending upper body pouring coffee first thing this morning felt extreme pain under right shoulder blade through center of chest like a stake was driven into me. Age 55 5 5 , 155 lbs. been working upper body light weights & riding dressage. Have I tweaked a muscle and if so, can I ride without further injury?
Asked On : Mon, 5 Nov 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query.

From your description, the pain that you have seems to be due to a muscle pull or a stress injury to the muscles in the area.

Such pain usually subsides on taking adequate rest, doing a regular hot fomentation in the area and taking a mild pain killer in combination with an effective muscle relaxant. The symptoms are likely to improve over next 4-5 days after appropriate treatment.

I suggest you to try back strengthening exercises by extension of the back muscles which can be taught by your Orthopedician orPhysiotherapist. This will help to relieve the possible muscle spasm which causes the tightness.

Dr Saurabh Gupta
Orthopaedic surgeon

Answered: Mon, 5 Nov 2012
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