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What is Winged Scapular ?

winged scapula, (scapular alata) is a skeletal condition that affects the shoulder blades.

Scapula is the anatomical term for the shoulder blade.

Winged scapula is considered normal posture in young children, but not older children and adults.

The shoulder blades usually rest flat against the back of the chest wall.


Scapular winging occurs when a shoulder blade sticks out.

While the condition is rare, it’s usually painful and makes day-to-day activities, such as lifting or brushing your teeth, difficult.


Symptoms vary from person to person depending on the underlying cause as well as the muscles and nerves involved. Most people with scapular winging have a shoulder blade that sticks out. This can make sitting in a chair or wearing a backpack uncomfortable.


If the winged scapula is the result of nerve damage, it can cause weakness in the muscles of your neck, shoulders, and arms.

That weakness can make lifting, pulling, and pushing heavy objects hard.

Winged Scapular often affects your ability to raise your arm above your shoulder.

It may also be associated with other symptoms, including:

pain or discomfort in your neck, shoulders, and back as well as general area fatigue, and even a drooping shoulder.


There are a variety of classifications for winged scapula, and thus several treatment options available.

Strength training of the Serratus muscle may be recommended as this muscle is responsible for holding the medial scapula close to the rib cage,

this form of physical therapy can help by strengthening related muscles.




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