For information purposes only. Nothing in this article is to be taken as medical advice of any kind, If you believe you may have a medical issue, seek the advice of a licensed Health Care Professional as soon as possible.
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.
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 and degenerative diseases such as arthritis, lupus, and 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. 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 top 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 o. f 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 proceeded 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 physicians 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.
Pain under the right shoulder blade is not common, and can be indicative of more serious health problems. See a licensed Health Care Provider anytime you experience pain from an unknown cause, or if it persists for a longer than normal time period.