Chiropractors/upper back pain
hi scott, I've been having some upper back pain for about 3 weeks now. it all started when I tried to lower myself into a bathtub with my left arm. ever since then I been having a burning pain on or near my left shoulder blade. my question to you is what should I do. should I go to a chiropractor or should I let the pain heal over time.
weight is 340 pounds
height is 6'
Three weeks? Get it checked out by a chiropractor. See if your PCP has any recommendations. You likely either strained your shoulder girdle muscles (but that should feel better in a day or two), tore something in the shoulder joint, or pinched, protruded, or otherwise irritated a disc in your neck. If the pain is provoked when you extend your head back and rotate it to the left, it's very likely an irritated cervical spine disc. The chiropractor should be able to test you and determine if there is any nerve involvement, e.g. loss of your reflexes or arm/hand/finger strength, or if it's just an irritation that your body just can't get past. No x-rays! Good hands-on exam and medical history should be all that's needed to figure out what's what. Treatment likely should take a few weeks in order to get improvement, otherwise that becomes the flag for obtaining imaging, namely: MRI (not x-ray).
'Hope this helps.