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Doctor insights on: Snapping Scapula

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Is surgery often needed for snapping scapula?

Is surgery often needed for snapping scapula?

Snapping scapula: syndrome is usually treated conservatively without surgery. Rest, NSAIDs therapy and at times coorticosteroids, but if the boney anatomy of the scapula is such that it is debilitating and persistant then surgery can be offered, this is rare. ...Read more

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How can snapping scapula syndrome and thoracic outlet syndrome be related?

How can snapping scapula syndrome and thoracic outlet syndrome be related?

Muscle imbalances: Imo tos results from superior trapezius (st) weak & collar bone droops toward first rib closing costoclavicular space (between these bones) clipping artery & nerves to arm. Weak st conscripts neighbor levator scapulae (ls) to burden lifting scapula (sc) & 20 lb. Arm. Long & narrow, ls incurs chronic spasm, tendonitis at insertion on superior sc spine (pick-like), & snapping as shoulder rotates. ...Read more

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Very painful Snapping scapula condition on both sides for months. Anti inflammatory & physio are not helping. Could cortisone help? How is it done?

Very painful Snapping scapula condition on both sides for months. Anti inflammatory & physio are not helping. Could cortisone help? How is it done?

Yes: I do these injections under ultrasound guidance to ensure accuracy. Typically, the myofascial layers are enlarged/inflamed above the scapula. Target these with the needle and bathe the tissues with a mixture of steroids (I use methylprednisolone for soft tissues) and an anesthetic. Rest the area for 7 days after the injection to allow for a greater benefit. ...Read more

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Can posterior rib fractures cause snapping scapula?

Can posterior rib fractures cause snapping scapula?

Yes, if multiple: Snapping scapula syndrome arises from either a soft-tissue or a skeletal anomaly within the scapulothoracic space that creates a cracking sound during scapulothoracic motion that patients associate with pain. ...Read more

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Can I prevent posterior rib fractures from causing snapping scapula?

Time and Massages: Only time will help heal and stop the symptoms ...Read more

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Diagnosed with multiple rib fractures and snapping scapula. Do I need to seek a surgeon?

Snapping scapula: Yes, I would recommend consulting an orthopedic surgery who performs scapulothoracic arthroscopy (scope surgery) to see if you are a candidate ...Read more

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Scapula = ?

Scapula = ?

Shoulder blade: The scapula is the shoulder blade bone. It is attached to the back and chest through the collar bone and lots of muscles. The scapula also forms the socket part of the shoulder ball and socket joint. The scapula is important for giving the shoulder its huge flexibility. The problem is that such huge flexibility makes it easy to injure. ...Read more