Why do I have back and shoulder blade pain?
The answer to this question might be harder to determine than you might think. One way to answer it more easily is to get help from an experienced medical professional, and physical therapists completely fit this bill.
It’s not that uncommon to experience back pain or shoulder pain. One study reports that up to 80% of people experience back pain in their lifetime. Research also shows that up to 66.7% of people will experience shoulder pain during their lifetime. There are many issues that can cause these types of pain individually. However, a physical therapist can help you by pinpointing issues that can cause both back and shoulder blade pain. They can even help you find effective treatment for your painful back and shoulder blade.
Issues that can cause back and shoulder blade pain
Physical therapists have an intimate understanding of your upper back and shoulders. They’re trained to treat the human musculoskeletal system, and this system includes these two areas of the body. Issues that could lead to pain in both your back and around your shoulder blade include:
- Poor posture
- Herniated cervical discs
- Repetitive shoulder movements
- Improper lifting of heavy objects
- Shoulder osteoarthritis
- Frozen shoulder
What can your physical therapist do to treat back and shoulder blade pain?
Determining the cause of your pain is just the first step physical therapists can take to help you. These specialists are also able to build you a treatment plan that’s unique to you, and this plan could include therapy techniques such as:
- Spinal mobilization designed to realign the neck and upper back.
- Joint mobilization intended to improve mobility and reduce pain in the shoulder.
- Therapeutic exercises that can strengthen the muscles supporting your upper back and shoulder.
- Trigger point release intended to release the tension built up in soft tissue trigger points.
Find help for your back and shoulder blade pain at Franklin Rehabilitation
Are you ready to find effective treatment for your back and shoulder blade pain? Our Franklin Rehab team is primed to help you find the top-notch physical therapy you need. We’ll start by doing a free screening to pinpoint the root cause of your pain. Then, our physical therapists will build you an individualized therapy plan designed to reduce your pain and prevent it from coming back.
Contact our team today for more information about treating your upper body pain or to schedule your initial appointment.