Sharp pain in any part of our body is sometimes a cause for worry, but if you suddenly start getting sharp acute pains on the left side of your body then it could have something to do with your ribs or abdomen. Painful variation in either of these can be due to injuries, disorders or may simply be transient pains that don’t mean anything. Below are some of the more likely causes of your acute pain:
Shoulder tendonitis is a medical condition that involves the inflammation of the rotator cuff tendon and / or the biceps tendon. This condition mostly affects young individuals involved in sport, but is also common among the middle-aged demographic that actively participate in activities involving repeated overhead arm movements. This type of movement is common when playing sports such as baseball, lifting weights, swimming or alternatively where these types of movements occur during work on a daily basis, such as painters and decorators, or with construction workers.
Pain in the right shoulder can be a real nuisance and ranges from being purely an aggravation, to being an indication of a more serious complication. As we have outlined on other pages, pain between the shoulder blades is often an indication of simple problems such as a muscle imbalance, postural issues or osteoarthritis. Left shoulder pain, by comparison, can also be indicative of similar issues, however it needs to be taken seriously as it can also be symptomatic of a heart attack. It is likely however that you would have many other signs and symptoms of having a heart attack, so don’t worry unnecessarily if you’ve just got some minor pain in your left shoulder.
Back pain is one of the most aggravating, and also one of the most common conditions out there. The definite of ‘chronic’ is when your back pain has persisted (either at a high or moderate level) for twelve weeks and over. A large proportion of chronic back pain is caused by issues with the synovial joints between the individual spinal vertebrae. These joints consist of synovial fluid, but more importantly they contain the spinal discs – these are gelatinous discs that provide spacing and cushioning for the many vertebrae.
As with most types of back pain, there are many different types of upper shoulder pain and each person can experience a slightly different set of symptoms. The pain can be experienced either in or surrounding the scapula (shoulder blade), within the joint itself, or be referred from other local areas. If the pain is within the shoulder joint itself then it could also be caused by a number of conditions. It would probably be worthwhile briefly describing the different components of the shoulder. Within the joint itself, the collarbone meets the humerus (the arm bone) and the shoulder blade. Tendons hold the various shoulder muscles onto the bones, and ligaments secure the bones together to ensure they remain in position.