How to treat winged scapula？
Winged scapula, sometimes we called it a scapular winging. It is a skeletal medical condition that affects the shoulder blades. The shoulder blades usually rest flat against the back of the chest wall. Scapular winging occurs when a shoulder blade sticks out.
Scapular winging often affects your ability to raise your arm above your shoulder. It may also give rise to other symptoms, including:
- pain or discomfort in your neck, shoulders, and back
- a drooping shoulder
Scapular winging is almost always caused by damage to one of three nerves that control muscles in your arms, back, and neck:
- the long thoracic nerve
- the dorsal scapular nerve
- the spinal accessory nerve
- Nonsurgical treatment
Scapular winging caused by damage to the serratus anterior nerve sometimes heal on their own within two years. Your doctor may also recommend light physical therapy or using a brace for several months early in your recovery.
- Surgical treatment
The most common surgical treatments for scapular winging are nerve and muscle transfers.
- Home exercises
Stretching at home may help you improve your strength and range of motion.
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