Posted by: sash | 2008/10/21

crunchy shoulder

Hey Doc
For as long as I can remember I' ve had what I call my crunchy shoulder. It' s the left one and whenever i roll it, it clicks, no not click, crunches (feels and sounds in my ear like someone eating rice crispies just a heavier sound). From time to time it get' s incredibly painful almost like there could be an infection but I can' t think that there are specific triggers. Like I say the crunch is always there, the extreme pain comes and goes seemingly unpredictably. To make matters worse I fell on that arm in the beginning of the year during a dance class and injured the upper arm/shoulder section so now the pain is double when it comes around. What would you suggest as the best course of action?

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Dear Sash,

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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Posted by: Debi | 2015/04/28

I am a 44 year old female and I have a very similar situation. I have a crunchy left shoulder that hurts most days. Also, the pain wraps around from my chest to my scapula and it is very painful - especially to the touch - in the ribs under my left breast. Any ideas that haven't already been mentioned.

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Posted by: Sash | 2008/10/27

Thanx Dr. de Beer and Law

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Posted by: Law | 2008/10/24

Im not an expert but from my experience it is because of injury to the shoulder and liquid has built up from inflamation and almost, well solidified. I had this problem after dislocating my shoulder but after sugery it was great because they cleaned it out.

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Posted by: sash | 2008/10/21

Just to add to the above, the pain that comes in the shoulder always feels like it' s beneath the shoulder blade. I' m female, 27 years old but I' ve had this thing for YEARS!!!

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