Sharp pain in shoulder whenever I use arm

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Hi, I am a 19 years old female and for the past year I have been getting a sharp pain (or just pain) on the back of my shoulder whenever I use my arm for over an hour and as a student, this means the pain is constant.

I tried researching it, but a lot of shoulder pain related websites talk about pain associated with the joint and my pain is more at the scapula (behind my shoulder and closer to my spine than my shoulder).

I was wondering if anyone has any similar experiences or has any idea on what it could be?


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    As an RN and a recent shoulder surgery pt I can tell you. You need an MRI and a surgeon to advise. Weigh your options carefully. Always try non invasive things 1st (physical therapy) before entering into surgery. Shoulder surgery is painful. Period. If you need it, you need it but I dealt with a torn rotator cuff for years until the pain became unbearable. I’m 8 wks post op and I still have pain. Consult a surgeon. Check his credentials 
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    Check with your doctor about the source of the pain. He will most likely go with X-ray to see if there are any fracture, dislocation or deformities that cause the pain. After this, he will most likely refer you to a physical therapist to address any possible soft tissue and muscle related problems which may cause the pain. An MRI can rule out any tear in your shoulder.

    Just like Jule93959 said, Try non-invasive methods first before going into surgery. Shoulder surgery is painful and will likely leave you with residual pain after surgery. 

    I am a physical therapist and had shoulder surgery recently.


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