Our expert says:
This sounds very suggestive of a possible bony lump on the deep side of your shoulder blade (scapula) - a so-called osteochondroma is a benign bony tumour (not cancer) which may grow on the surface of the scapula on the deep side and hook on the ribs. It can be seen on an X-ray (scapular lateral view) which shows the scapula on profile. A CT scan may also be helpful to show the deep side of the scapula. Another condition could be the so-called "whashboard syndrome" where scar tissue lumps form in the bursa between the scapula and the ribs and cause "hooking " on ther ribs. You may to see a shoulder specialist to diagnose the problem with the help of the above-mentioned tests
Dr Joe de Beer
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