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What is the cause for pain in my shoulder blades, lower back, and knees?


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Published At November 5, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have frequent pain in my neck and shoulder blades. The pain sometimes develops on the left or the right side. I am also finding it difficult to climb stairs and have knee pain. The pain starts in the lower back and radiates through the hip to the knee. Kindly advise on the necessary tests. How long will it take to recover?

Thank you.


It is likely spondylosis (cervical and lumbar) and knee osteoarthritis. It is a spine problem where you get pain and other symptoms due to compression of nerves between the spine. So it will cause symptoms along the course of the nerves. These are all age-related problems.

  1. Do you have any history of trauma to your spine?

  2. Does this pain increase with neck movement?

  3. Is it associated with tingling, numbness, needles, and pins? These may be associated symptoms.

I suggest testing for Vitamin D levels and an X-ray of the cervical and lumbar spine with an anterior-posterior or lateral view. Further MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is needed if X-rays are not informative. The treatment for this is physiotherapy to release the nerve compression, traction, a cervical collar, medicine, and, surgery if none of these help. You need to visit a local orthopedic or physiotherapist who will guide you in learning exercises. You can have a tablet of Neurobion Forte (Vitamin B complex) once a day and temporarily use Diclofenac gel for local application. Consult a specialist doctor, talk to them, and then take the medication. Also, you should take a nerve stabilizer like the tablet Pregabalin 75 mg at bedtime, which will stabilize the nerve and reduce pain. Consult a specialist doctor, talk to them, and then take the medication.

I hope this information helps you. Revert if you have any doubts.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode


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