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Sports Medicine

Right scapula pain

09/10/2008

Question:

I have been in the military for over 4 years. We work out at least 5 days a week. The last six months I have had pain on my right scapula. I am going to Phyical Thearpy for it, but the pain is not getting better. I have no clue what to do or how to make this any better.

Answer:

Pain in the scapula can be due to a shoulder problem, but could alternatively represent referred pain from your neck (or elsewhere). Physical therapy - or any treatment - should be based on an accurate diagnosis, which requires a medical history, physical examination, and possibly such diagnostic studies as X-rays or an MRI scan. Persisting pain symptoms not responding to P.T. should be evaluated by a physician, if you've not already done so.

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Response by:

Brian L Bowyer, MD Brian L Bowyer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University