Pain between the shoulders
Can have various causes, ranging from muscle strain to more serious underlying conditions. Here are some common causes of pain between the shoulders:
Muscle strain: Poor posture, overuse, or carrying heavy objects can strain the muscles between the shoulders, leading to pain and discomfort.
Poor posture: Slouching or sitting in a hunched position for prolonged periods can strain the muscles between the shoulders, causing pain.
Neck and upper back tension: Tension in the neck and upper back muscles can radiate between the shoulders and cause pain in that area.
Thoracic herniated disc: A herniated disc in the middle or upper back can compress nearby nerves, resulting in pain between the shoulders.
Shoulder impingement: When the tendons or bursa in the shoulder become compressed or irritated, it can cause pain that radiates between the shoulders.
Osteoarthritis: Degenerative changes in the joints between the vertebrae can lead to arthritis, causing pain in the upper back and between the shoulders.
Spinal stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal canal can put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves, resulting in pain between the shoulders.
Gallbladder issues: Problems with the gallbladder, such as gallstones or inflammation (cholecystitis), can cause referred pain that is felt between the shoulders.
Heart problems: Although less common, certain heart conditions, such as angina (chest pain) or a heart attack, can cause pain that is felt between the shoulders.
Other causes: Other potential causes include stress, anxiety, fractures, muscle spasms, referred pain from other areas, or underlying medical conditions.
It's important to consult with a healthcare professional if you're experiencing persistent or severe pain between the shoulders to determine the exact cause and receive appropriate treatment.