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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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What causes severe upper arm weakness, rolled forward shoulders, and winging of the scapula (more pronounced on the left side) in a 30 y.o. female?

What causes severe upper arm weakness, rolled forward shoulders, and winging of the scapula (more pronounced on the left side) in a 30 y.o. female?

There ate many poss-: -ibilies. Winging of the scapula is best tested by doing a wall pushup. If severe winging could be due to nerve injury to the brachial plexus involving the long thoracic nerve of Bell. Seen after breast removal. Because of arm weakness brachial plexus higher up as in TOS can cause this. Seek out a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon 4 exam& images. Hands on exam is needed. ...Read more

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Why do I have a winging scapula?

Serratus Anterior: I don't know the reason in your case. However, the most common cause for a winged scapula is serratus anterior damage. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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What specialist should I see for scapula winging?

What specialist should I see for scapula winging?

Winged scapula: Best to be seen by an orthopedic surgeon, although they may require u to have a nerve test performed. Most of the treatment can be overseen by the Ortho dr ...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 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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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

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I have a winged scapula condition. What exercises could I do to fix this?

I have a winged scapula condition. What exercises could I do to fix this?

Seratus Anterior: The serratus anterior is responsible for pulling the scapula (shoulder blade) towards the ribs, and therefore it is very important that individuals with scapular winging learn and implement therapeutic exercises for this muscle. Some examples can be seen at http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=okdl4y4h3oo or http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=v6qnmz278w. ...Read more

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My sister has a winged scapula. Is there any way to wrap it to keep it from getting worse?

My sister has a winged scapula. Is there any way to wrap it to keep it from getting worse?

No.: This should be evaluated be either an orthopedist, preferably one specializing in the upper extremity; or a physiatrist, also known as a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. ...Read more

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What are my operation options for a scapula winging? I have had this for 9 years and was only diagnosed this year (age 19), excersize has not helped.

What are my operation options for a scapula winging? I have had this for 9 years and was only diagnosed this year (age 19), excersize has not helped.

Avoid: Scapular winging is extremely common! 98% cases will not require surgery. Only those that are due to congenital abnormalities or nerve injury would require surgery (and even those after careful discussion of other non-operative options). Surgical treatment for scapular winging is complex and associated w/ several complications. See a board cert. Ors who specializes in shoulders. Best of luck! ...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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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!?

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

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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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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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How does one correct a long thoracic nerve palsy w/ winged scapula?

How does one correct a long thoracic nerve palsy w/ winged scapula?

Winged Scapula: Correction depends on the reason the nerve palsy developed to begin with. Typically this nerve is not reconstructed as it does not provide vital function for the shoulder. Nerve grafting could be considered if there is a viable proximal stump but due to the early branching of this nerve from the brachial plexus, it is not generally an option. ...Read more

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Firm lump attached to shoulder bone that hurts to press on. This was diagnosed as winged scapula a year ago but the lump has grown. Second opinion??

Firm lump attached to shoulder bone that hurts to press on. This was diagnosed as winged scapula a year ago but the lump has grown. Second opinion??

Yes: Scapular winging is fairly common and easily diagnosed by physical examination by an experienced ORS (there are different types of 'winging' depending on underlying cause (muscle imbalance, nerve injury, etc).Firm masses attached to the scapula is another matter (lipomas, osteochondromas, and other growths are seen occasionally). Get another opinion from a board certified ORS. GL! ...Read more