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Are winged scapula abnormal?

Are winged scapula abnormal?

Yes.: Can indicate poor function of the nerve that controls the muscles that keep the scapula flat against the rib cage. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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How can you fix winged scapula?

How can you fix winged scapula?

Physical therapy.: Assuming that the nerve that innervates the muscles that keep the scapula against the rib cage is not damaged, then physical therapy is usually indicated to correct the winging. ...Read more

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What is the solution to winged scapula?

Diagnosis?: There are many and varied reasons for a winged scapula. In our practice the vast majority of patients have scapular winging secondary to shoulder instability so it is important to have a comprehensive evaluation to determine the root cause of the winging before moving ahead with treatment. ...Read more

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Will a winged scapula lead to scoliosis?

Will a winged scapula lead to scoliosis?

Not usually: A true winged scapula is related to an abnormal function of the muscles that anchor the scapula to the torso and is usually nerve related. It in of and of itself is not usually related to scoliosis. But, the first changes of scoliosis is a rotation of the vertebrae which causes a rib hump, also known as an asymmetric trunk rotation. This may make the scapula appear winged. Thank you. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a winged scapula lead to scoliosis?

Not likely: A true winged scapula is felt to be related to wekness in the muscles that anchor the shoulder blade to the trunk, often caused by chronic nerve compression. That being said, patients with scoliosis usually have a rotation in their trunk which can make their scapula appear "winged". Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Can you suggest a workout for winged scapula and tendonitis?

Can you suggest a workout for winged scapula and tendonitis?

Winged scapula+: Winged scapula may be due to an inhertied or acquired neuropathy. See a neurololgist for this. The tendonitis may be due to the altered anatomy and abnormal sheer forces therefrom. Tendonitis can be treated by pretection of the area of strain; postrual correction; topicals such as voltaren (diclofenac) gel; local corticosteroids; and, lastly, by physical therapy using ultrasound. ...Read more

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What are some exercises to get rid of bad winged scapula? I have access to a fully equipped gym. Thanks!

What are some exercises to get rid of bad winged scapula? I have access to a fully equipped gym. Thanks!

Scapular Stabilizers: See a physical therapist who has significant experience with scapular stabilizing exercises. Working on the muscles around the scapula may make a sigificant improvement. ...Read more

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Is there a way to fix a winged scapula?

Is there a way to fix a winged scapula?

Winged Scapula: Depends on how long you have had it. It can be caused by many things but all result in nerve damage to the long thoracic nerve. The most common cause of scapular winging is serratus anterior paralysis.Many of the causes are serious and some just result in damage to the nerve that many improve. Phy therapy may be of help. ...Read more

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How can I cure fallen (winged) scapula?

How can I cure fallen (winged) scapula?

Winged scapula: Depends upon the causation. You should be evaluated by either a neurologist or orthopaedic specialist ...Read more

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How can I treat fallen (winged) scapula?

How can I treat fallen (winged) scapula?

Scapular Winging: While there can be different reasons for a winged scapula, the most common one has to do with a muscle called the serratus anterior. Depending on the underlying reason, how it came about (e.g. Injury vs chronic), and severity, there are conservative ; surgical treatments. The first step is to see a sports med dr. Or physiatrist. They will examine, get more info, and may recommend physical therapy. ...Read more

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What are some exercises for a winged scapula?

What are some exercises for a winged scapula?

Tendon transfer: The most common cause of winged scapula is paralysis of the serratus anterior muscle. Winging occurs when the scapula sticks up. You need to exercise the rest of the muscles around the scapula.
If you have not gotten better in 18 months the best treatment is a tendon transfer using half of the pectoral major muscle to substitute for the serratus anterior muscle. ...Read more

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Can I lift weights if I have a winged scapula?

Can I lift weights if I have a winged scapula?

Yes: Yes. Winging of the scapula should not prevent weight lifting. It is caused my nerve injury that weakens the muscles that keep your scapula in its normal position. This should not limit weight lifting ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a winged scapula or not?

Test for it: The easiest way to test for winging of the scapula is to have someone observe you from behind as you lean forward and push against a wall. If the scapula sticks out compared to the other side you have winging of the scapula which has dozens of different causes from the benign to the serious. ...Read more

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If I have winged scapula should I go to the doctors?

Winged Scapula: Winged scapula can be the result of an underlying neurological problem. It is probably best to at least have it evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Is a protruding scapula the same thing as a winged scapula?

Is a protruding scapula the same thing as a winged scapula?

Probably: It depends on how it protrudes. One would need to see a picture. You should seek the services of a shoulder and elbow orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I have had a winged scapula and now the serratus muscle inches does that mean its healing?

I have had a winged scapula and now the serratus muscle inches does that mean its healing?

Not necessarily: You are right in that patients will sometimes report the sensation of "itching" when a healing process is occurring. Whether that means your condition with your scapula is healing is hard to say. Usually serial exams or follow up nerve conduction tests are more objective ways to see if the process is getting better. ...Read more

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What are some good exercises for a winged scapula?

What are some good exercises for a winged scapula?

Periscapular sets: A winged scapula is caused by the paralysis of one of the muscles that holds the scapula down to glide along the rib cage. Many of these problems resolve within 18 months, so an exercise program to strengthen the other periscapular muscles is appropriate. After 18 months a tendon transfer can be performed to replace the now dead muscle. ...Read more

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How do I ease should pain caused by a winged scapula?

How do I ease should pain caused by a winged scapula?

Winged scapula...: ...Does not cause pain, the injury to the muscle that "un-wings" the scapula is probably what's hurting you. As with any injury, rest, pt, and analgesics should do the trick. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever treated winged scapula before from an injury?

Has anyone ever treated winged scapula before from an injury?

Yes: A winged scapula means that the muscles that hold the scapula onto the ribcage and stabilize it for arm movements are weak or paralyzed, often from injuries. There are rehabilitation programs for these types of problems to try to strengthen the weakened muscles as well as use other muscles to compensate. ...Read more