Shoulder blades medically known as scapulae refers to flat triangular bones one on either side in the upper back below the shoulders. These bones are also known as wing bones. Shoulder-blade pain can be felt within, above, below, over, under the shoulder blades or in between the blades. Homeopathic medicines for shoulder-blade pain can gradually reduce the intensity of pain by treating the root cause behind it.
The pain can occur suddenly or develop gradually depending on the cause behind it. The pain can radiate to other body areas too. In some cases numbness or tingling sensation can accompany the pain. Lastly, crepitus (grating sound that appears when the shoulder moves or on pressing it) may be present.
It can arise from various reasons ranging from mild to severe ones.
Firstly, it may arise from straining or injuring the muscles or tendons (tough band of fibrous connective tissue which connects muscle to bone). The injury or trauma may occur from a blow, accident or a fall. The straining can follow lifting heavy objects, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, excessive exercise involving upper back, upper limbs and shoulders or working on the computer for long periods of time continuously without any break.
Other reasons include disc bulge in the spine, degeneration of disc of spine, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) and nerve compression. Another reason is fibromyalgia (a disorder in which there occurs widespread musculoskeletal pain attended with weakness, memory issues, sleep problems and mood issues). Apart from above it may occur from scoliosis (an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine). Other than these it may arise from osteoarthritis (a degenerative joint condition in which the cartilage at the ends of bones in the joints which helps in smooth frictionless motion of joint deteriorates) in joints around neck or ribs. It can also result from shingles (an infection caused by varicella-zoster virus that causes a painful skin rash), myofascial pain syndrome (Long term pain disorder in which pressure on sensitive points in the muscles result in muscle pain and in some cases pain in some unrelated parts of the body), acid reflux (condition in which stomach acid rise up into the food pipe), rotator cuff injuries ( means injury to group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint) and frozen shoulder (a condition in which there occurs pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint).
Other reasons are snapping scapula syndrome (in this there occur a loud popping sound, grating or grinding sensation on raising the arm overhead), fracture of scapula, whiplash injury (neck injury that arise from forceful, rapid back and forth movement of the neck commonly seen in rear end car accidents).
It may also occur from referred pain means pain in the shoulder pain may be felt from problems in some other part of the body. For example it may be arising from some lung disorder, liver problem or a gallbladder disease. It may be present from serious causes like certain cancers like lung cancer, liver cancer, esophagus cancer. Some other serious causes that need immediate medical help right away include heart attack, pulmonary embolism ( a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in lungs usually caused when a blood clot from deep veins in the legs travel to the lungs and block blood flow to the lungs), rupture of thoracic aorta.
Homeopathic Medicines for Shoulder-blade Pain
Homeopathic medicines are very effective to manage pain in the shoulder blade. As the reasons behind it vary from mild to serious it is best to take any homeopathic medicine under guidance of a homeopathic physician who after detailed case study will find if the case can be helped with these medicines or help from conventional treatment is required. Homeopathic medicines can be used when the pain is from mild to moderate intensity and no serious cause is linked with it for example Muscle or tendon injury / strain, joint issues, frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia). But in case of severe pain and when any serious cause is suspected or present (like heart attack, cancer, pulmonary embolism) then it is strictly advised to take immediate help from conventional mode of treatment. Some of the symptom indicative of serious issue that needs urgent medical help from conventional system includes shoulder blade pain accompanied by difficulty in breathing, chest pain, coughing of blood, lightheadedness, rapid heartbeat, irregular heartbeat, increased sweating, fever, difficulty in speaking, one sided body paralysis, sudden vision loss and loss of consciousness.
Rhus Tox – Top Grade Medicine
It is a leading medicine for managing shoulder blade pain. Persons needing it feel pain between the scapula. They feel better in pain from warmth. Along with pain the area between shoulder blades feels tensed. It may be sensitive to touch. It is also indicated for pain felt on top of the scapula. Rhus Tox is an effective medicine for managing complaints that follow over – straining or injury of the muscles or tendons. It is also prominent for complaints that arise from joint problems.
Bryonia – For Stitching Pain
It is prepared from a plant named Bryonia alba or wild hops. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. It is a very beneficial medicine for cases presenting with stitching pain between the shoulder blades. Next it is helpful for managing pain beneath the right scapula at the lower angle. This pain can be sharp, aching or dull. Other than this it works well when pain is localised between inferior angles of the scapulae. Lastly a pressing sensation between scapulae is also indicative of its use.
Ruta – For Pain in Nape of Neck and Shoulder Blade
Homeopathic medicine Ruta is prepared from a plant named Ruta graveolens commonly known as garden rue. The natural order of this plant is rutaceae. This medicine is well indicated for cases in which there is pain in the nape of neck and shoulder blade. The pain of using it is mainly drawing type. Next it is indicated when there is pain specifically below the right scapula. Persons needing it have worsening of pain by movement of right arm and also after exertion. They feel relief from pressure. Lying on the right side also gives relief to them. Like medicine Rhus Tox it is also a great medicine for managing conditions arising from overstraining the tendons or inflamed tendons and joint complaints.
Chelidonium – For Pain under Inner and Lower Angle of Right Scapula
It is prepared from plant Chelidonium majus also known as Greater Celandine. It belongs to the family papaveraceae. This medicine is specifically indicated for pain felt under the inner and lower angle of the right scapula. The pain can be bruised or aching type. Next indication is stitching pain beneath the right scapula. This gets worse from the motion of the arm. Last indication is a cramp like pain in the internal border of the right scapula.
Ranunculus Bulbosus – For Pain along Lower Margin of Shoulder Blades
This natural medicine is prepared from plant buttercups. This plant belongs to the family ranunculaceae.Use of this medicine is considered for managing pain along the lower margin of the shoulder blades. The pain is of muscle origin. With pain burning sensation may be present. Apart from this, the contusive type of pains in between shoulder blades also guides its use. The last indication for using it is stitching pain in and between shoulder blades.
Arnica – For Complaints Arising after Injury, Trauma
It is prepared from a plant named Arnica Montana commonly known as Leopard’s – bane or fallkraut. It belongs to family compositae. Use of this medicine is highly recommended for complaints that follow an injury (specifically from blunt objects) trauma, blow, fall. In general sore, bruised pain as if beaten is felt in injured places where this medicine is required. This medicine helps to relieve pain, heal the injured place and help recover from injury in a very effective manner. Other than this pressive pain between scapulae is another guiding feature for using it.
Colocynth – When Shoulder Blade Pain Extends to Neck
This medicine is prepared from pulp of fruit Citrullus colocynthis also known as cucumis colocynthis and bitter apple. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. This medicine is helpful when pain from shoulder blades extends to the neck. Along with this tension is felt in neck and shoulder blades. Its use is also beneficial for drawing pain in the region of the right scapula. Apart from these pain under the right scapula better from pressure is another characteristic symptom where it offers help.
Kali Carb – For Shoulder Blade Pain and Stiffness
This medicine gives benefit when the shoulder blade pain is accompanied by stiffness. In cases needing it the stiffness can be present between both the shoulder blades. In some cases the stiffness begins in the left side of the nape of the neck and extends down to the left inner scapula. This is most worse after waking up. Another symptom for using it is pain in the right scapula of tearing nature felt in the morning. It is also used for stinging type of pain in the right scapula during motion.