It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Back Problems Message Board

Disc Herniation or Pain from Scapular Winging?

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-23-2012, 08:59 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 20
GatorGirl916 HB User
Disc Herniation or Pain from Scapular Winging?

My physical therapist and the orthopaedic doctor I saw can't seem to agree... Since I was a teen I've experienced some pain in my upper back/lower neck area. I've experienced pain in between my shoulder blades for about the last 4 years. Up until maybe a year ago, it was a burning pain that I would have often after studying long hours, and it would subside in a couple hours. It has gotten much much worse over the last year. In October I experienced a pain like I had never felt, my muscle burning pain instead was a sharp pain that would come in spasms and almost entirely incapacitated me (I couldn't do anything but lie on the couch and cry, sob story I know). I experienced a strange numb, tingling sensation all down my arms as well to my finger tips. I saw an orthopedic doctor who took an x-ray and found my spine to be perfectly healthy (except for the fact that my neck was completely straight like a board, not curved like it should have been, he said it was due to all the spasms I was having and was similar to a neck he'd see in a serious whiplash incident). He concluded it was a cervical herniated disc, possibly between C5-C6. I was prescribed painkillers and a steroid, and referred to a physical therapist. The intense sharp pain gradually subsided, but that all too familiar burning pain didn't go away.

Fast forward to my first physical therapy session the following week.. (mid-October) My physical therapist basically told me it was horse-**** that I had a herniated disc and instead believed it was due to scapular winging, and that I needed to strengthen my scapular muscles and work on my posture while studying/working (I have really good posture...). I did physical therapy with him twice a week for 2 months and hardly noticed a difference. He told me to keep up with my exercises but I've definitely been slacking... Within the last 2 weeks the pain has been getting terrible and I'm afraid I'm going to have that intense sharp pain I had for 2 days straight before I first saw a doctor. I've been trying to do my exercises to alleviate the pain, but it hasn't helped and the pain is only getting worse by day.

Do I just need to up these back strengthening exercises as recommended by my PT or is this a disc issue and I need to get an MRI?

For background info I'm 21, 5'11", and a small-medium frame. Pain alternates between being burning muscular feeling pain to a sharper pain between my shoulder blades and up to my neck.

Last edited by GatorGirl916; 01-23-2012 at 09:01 PM.

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 01-23-2012, 10:09 PM   #2
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 8,919
teteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB User
Re: Disc Herniation or Pain from Scapular Winging?

I'm afraid no one on the board can really advise you what to do. Without an MRI it is difficult to know if you have a disc problem, and if so, whether it is herniated, whether there is nerve compression and whether it impacts the spinal cord.

If I were you, I would want to know if there is a cervical disc issue before I proceeded with exercises for the cervical discs. Due to the tight space in the neck, it is important to know if the spinal cord is being impacted. Otherwise, there is a risk of a serious injury.

If you can arrange it, I would think that further imaging is in order.

Did you see an orthopedic spine surgeon or was it a general ortho doctor?
Do you still have any pain, tingling or numbness in your hands, arms or fingers?

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Is Epidural the only way which P M doctor treat pain is caused by disc herniation? efang Back Problems 13 07-09-2011 12:52 PM
Bulging disc kato Back Problems 10 05-07-2011 05:38 PM
Disc herniation input- LONG - tj1393 Back Problems 16 05-05-2011 09:48 PM
Large Disc Herniation L5-S1 Jcdem204 Back Problems 4 03-16-2011 09:38 PM
HELP!!! - Disc bulge obliterates neural foramen? BCarl65 Back Problems 0 03-09-2010 02:05 PM
' slipped ' disc by bike and my pain hell tonyinhampshire Back Problems 5 08-30-2008 09:33 AM
MRI result just in - "disc protrusion S1" "Lumbar Scoliosis" Your views please.Thanks chrisjoanne Back Problems 2 08-10-2007 09:08 AM
Mri result for disc? kahwaji Back Problems 0 06-15-2005 03:08 AM
Disc bulge - again Losy Back Problems 7 11-19-2004 05:58 PM
compresed disc in lower back!!!! yzf125 Back Problems 6 08-27-2002 10:48 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is Off
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:41 AM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!