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Snapping Scapula Syndrome
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
Best diagnostic imaging (x-ray, ct, mri, etc.) for snapping scapula syndrome or inflammation of the scapulothoracic region?
If scapular instability is the cause of thoracic outlet syndrome, would rib resection/scalenectomy resolve neck & scapula pain?
More complex: Thoracic outlet syndrome surgery includes, often, first rib resection and/or scalenectomy, but there are different surgical approaches and also, pectoralis minor decompressions. Scapular instability may or may not be present, and this may represent problems in the upper brachial plexus. Since this is so individualized and particular in most cases, best to discuss with experienced vascular surg. ...Read more
Seen 50+ specialists and can't get dx. Wing/snapping scap and 8/10 pain around scapula, traps, sides of neck. All imaging & tests are normal. Help!?
Soft tissue: Difficult neck & shoulder problems commonly unvisualized & reflect soft tissue (ligament, tendon, & muscle) disorder. Repetitive stress helped by ergonomic work place exam as mechanical stressor i.D.'d. Pain interventionist injects suspect tissue with anesthetic. If hits tissue disorder target pain stops temporarily (diagnostic) then cortisone to target. Levator muscle tendonitis makes snapping. ...Read more
Not necessarily: I am unaware of any study linking the two. ...Read more
Time and Massages: Only time will help heal and stop the symptoms ...Read more
Rib resection needed: See Thorasic surgeon for evaluationGet a more detailed answer ›
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