Back pain is a common problem that affects over 75% of adults at some time in their lives. There are many different types of back pain. One that is no so common is back pain under the right shoulder blade (scapula).
This accounts for less than 10% of reported back problems. It is more prevalent in men than in women and especially in men over the age of 50 years old. It is overwhelmingly more prevalent in people who are right-handed.
The Causes of R
ight Shoulder Pain in Women
There are many health issues that can cause back pain on the right side only.
- Poor posture, such as constantly leaning to the right.
- Injuries to the right side.
- Repetitive motions by the right side of the body, (such as in assembly-line work).
- Gall bladder problems.
- Liver problems.
- Degenerative diseases such as arthritis, lupus.
- Fibromyalgia can all cause pain in the upper back on the right side.
The most common cause is a particular stress to the muscles on that side of the body. Poor posture or repetitive motions to the right side can cause the muscles on that side to over-extend, over contract, or suffer tiny lesions.
There are lots of other reasons why you are complaining of right shoulder pain. This is the most common side to experience pain because it is the dominant hand side.
Relieving The Right Shoulder Pain in Women
If you have ever complained of severe right shoulder pain, here are several tips you can do to instantly or greatly relieve your pain:
1. Wear a shoulder brace.
If you feel that every time you move it gives you severe and sharp pain, it is best to purchase a shoulder brace to stabilize the area
However, be careful not to wear the brace for too long or you might develop shoulder contractures.
These contractures would make it very difficult for you to regain a normal shoulder range of movement. Therefore you should perform gentle shoulder stretches to prevent your shoulder become stiff.
2. Perform shoulder pendulum exercise.
This is a simple exercise to relieve your shoulder pain. All you need to do is to lean forward and drop your hand towards the ground
With your injured hand, try to draw a circle while keeping your hand and elbows straight. Imagine that you are stirring a pot and just let the hand drop down
3. Soft tissue massage
A massage can greatly relieve your shoulder pain and increase the healing rate. However, it is best to get a professional masseur to massage you because they know how hard or soft to apply on your skin.
If it’s too hard, it can aggravate your condition. Whenever you massage the shoulder, try to massage in the direction of the muscle fibers and towards the heart
4. Use heat or hot water bottle to help relieve your pain.
If the shoulder injury is acute, avoid using any heat but use a cold pack instead. Heat during the acute stage can aggravate your symptoms
However, after the acute stage has finished, using heat can greatly relieve your pain, reduce muscular stiffness and improve healing rate.
It is best to use a warm wheat bag because it can easily mold around your shoulders. A hot water bottle is just as good but be careful that its not to hot or it can burn your skin.
5. Use Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
Go see your local medical practitioner to prescribe you appropriate medications. You should always follow the instructions and never overdose on it. If you do, you may develop severe side effects.
Let’s recap it, the best treatment for this is, first; stop the activity that is causing the pain.
You may need to take more breaks, exercise the muscles on that side more, or maybe find another activity that does not involve those movements.
Next, get plenty of rest to give the muscles time to heal.
Next, apply ice-packs and mild compression to the painful area. Try to keep the area above the level of the heart as much as possible. In some cases, physical therapy may be needed for a complete recovery.
Avoid using analgesics (pain relievers) so you can monitor the progress of the condition.
Massage Therapy, reiki, acupressure and acupuncture can all provide temporary relief, but RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) is the best treatment for a full recovery.
If the pain persists for more than a week or so, you need to see your doctor to see if it is caused by liver or gallstone problems.
Gallstones can sometimes block the duct leading from the gall bladder, causing a build-up of excess bile, and leading to infection, and even tumors.
One tell-tale symptom is that if the pain gets worse after eating fatty foods, and especially if you feel nauseous, with or without vomiting.
This requires treatment by a licensed Health Care Provider, and sooner is better than later.
Likewise with any problems with the liver.
Heart attacks can sometimes be preceded by pain in the right shoulder, so if you have been diagnosed with, or believe you may have heart problems, you should go to the Emergency Room of the closest hospital at the first sign of pain anywhere on the right side. When it involves the heart, every second counts.
If you have sustained an injury to your right shoulder bad enough for the pain to be unbearable, or especially persistent, it is possible that you may have torn a muscle, or ligament.
This will also require a physician’s attention. Torn muscles and ligaments will not heal correctly without proper care by a licensed specialist.
Improper or no treatment can, and has resulted in permanent disabilities. See a physician at the first sign of trouble.