How to treat winged scapula?

Q:
How to treat winged scapula
A:
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.

Symptoms

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
  • fatigue
  • a drooping shoulder

Cause

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

Treatment

  • 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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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.