I'm new here, and I've been looking for a place to read and discuss back problems.
I'm a 19 year old male. I play alot of tennis, and lift weights rather intensely several times a week. I have several issues that are currently affecting my back health. I have a 6th lumbar vertebrae, as well as slight scoliosis in my upper back, and what one doctor described as "signs of possible early degeneration in some discs".
I've had lower back pain constantly for probably 6 years, and I went through a slue of things to try to fix it (chiropractor, physical therapy, etc.) and nothing seemed to help. I finally went to an orthopedic and fracture clinic and got xrays and an MRI. This is where I learned about the extra vertebrae, as well as the scoliosis and state of my discs.
I went through an extensive, pretty high tech year of physical therapy, and my lower back pain improved some. It didn't hurt as often, etc.
A new problem arose a few years back, which is that I have alot of pain under my right shoulder blade. I never could figure it out, until recently when I looked at how my back was curved, and it looks like the scoliosis curve is right near my shoulder blade, which I believe may be causing the pain. Is this at all accurate?
Also, When lifting, doing heavy squats and deadlifts also seem to make my lower back hurt a bit, despite my form being correct. I'm not sure what causes this.
In addition, over the winter I dislocated my shoulder skiing, and probably tore it anteriorly. I went to a great shoulder physical therapist (works on the Minnesota Twins), and he has been helping me get work that problem back to health. I also found out from him that both of my shoulder blades are raised and pushed outwards to the side (I dont recall what this is called). He said this is probably caused by doing a lot of overhead activities (tennis, swimming, weight lifting, etc.) I have some exercises to reverse this, and hopefully it will happen.
Has any one heard of a combination of things like this creating lower back pain and pain behind the shoulder blade? I'm not exactly sure what causes all of the problems, if it's the extra vertebrae, scoliosis, shoulders, or what have you.
Any input on how these could be affecting different areas would be great! Thanks.