Pain between the shoulder blades is one of the most common intermittent and chronic areas of pain. Those who play sports and exercise frequently have probably experienced this, either at one time or as a chronic pain they just can’t seem to get rid of. What causes it, and more importantly, how can you get rid of it once and for all.

That nagging pain in the center of your back, right between your shoulder blades has several probable causes. It could be spinal related or muscle related, possibly both. The back muscles between your shoulder blades are used in almost every sports and exercise related movement, so if there is an injury there, you’re sure to feel it. It is also easy to aggravate relatively minor injuries there, so that they become more debilitating over time.

Your pain could be caused by something as simple as incorrect posture while sitting. If you sit incorrectly for long periods at work or school, it is possible that you could have overstressed the transverse muscles that support the spinal column. Having poor posture, can cause these muscles to be stressed far beyond their design limitations, causing pain. In this case, the fix is relatively simple; you need to sit correctly. You may have to get a different chair, such as the ergonomic chairs more often used by lower back pain sufferers.

Focus on sitting straight. Any twisting or crocked posture will cause uneven stress on these muscles, and pain. To determine if you are unconsciously sitting incorrectly, concentrate on  exactly how your back is positioned the next time you are at the location where you sit for long periods of time.

Another cause is strained or pulled muscles. The muscles in and around this area are used in so many exercise and sports movements that it is easy to injure them at some point. Seated rows, shoulder presses, deadlifts, cleans, upright rows, bent over rows and  a myriad of other exercises can cause injury to one of the muscles in this area. Maintaining proper form is key to helping stave off injury here.

Spinal disc problems can also cause pain between the shoulders. If you have a herniated or degenerated disc for example, you could be experiencing this pain. This is not uncommon, especially with older and ex athletes, and others who have trained with weights or lifted heavy objects at work on an ongoing basis. It only takes one time doing something wrong to precipitate an injury that will then get worse and cause chronic or intermittent pain. For injuries of this nature, you’ll have to see a doctor or chiropractor for diagnosis. They will be able to tell exactly which pair of vertebrae (or more than one) is causing the problem.

Gastritis can also cause back pain between the shoulder blades. This has nothing to do with muscles or exercise. Gastritis is an inflammation in the stomach lining that can be caused by bacterial / viral infection, certain foods, aspirin, alcohol, stress, steroids, or several other causes. Your doctor can check for it with a scope that looks into your stomach. This procedure is called an endoscopy.

Another common cause of pain between the shoulder blades is from your gall bladder. The gall bladder is a digestive organ that secretes concentrated bile into your intestinal tract. This concentrated bile helps break down fats, among other things. Elevated cholesterol levels can contribute to gall bladder disease, and the attendant back pain between the shoulder blades you may be experiencing. The cholesterol actually combines with calcium and / or salts in the gall bladder to form gall stones. The pain may start in the back, between the shoulder blades, but eventually move around so it is is you feel it in front also. In any case it is one of the more common non-injury causes of pain between your shoulder blades, so it bears checking out.

Back pain sucks, no doubt about it. Any kind of back pain is so bad because it effects you with almost any move you make. If you’re trying to keep up an intense exercise program to drop fat you could be more susceptible to an injury that could cause pain in this area of your back. That will then make it much more difficult to continue your program and lose the weight you are trying to. It points to the necessity of injury avoidance. Use extreme caution when performing your movements. There is nothing like an injury to stop you in your tracks and kill your progress.