Scapular winging: evaluation and treatment

Blunt trauma or stretching injury to the nerve imply conservative management options as first-line therapy

Scapular winging is a rare disorder which may cause pain, reduced shoulder strength, limited range of motion, and cosmetic deformity as a result of abnormal scapulothoracic posture and motion. Disruption of the scapulothoracic stabilizers will cause dysfunction in the motion of the scapula. Various etiologies of injury to the long thoracic or spinal accessory nerve have been reported as potential causes of scapular winging.


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