Snapping Scapula

Snapping scapula is characterized by a “snapping” of the shoulder blade (scapula) that can often be heard or felt by the patient when rolling the shoulder. This condition typically results from abnormal movement of the scapula. The snapping may be painful and affect shoulder function, or there may be little or no pain with normal function. The snapping is caused by the inflamed and swollen bursal tissue catching between the scapula and the chest wall ribs.

Outcomes are generally good with time and appropriate treatment. Most patients improve with conservative measures, including rest and physical therapy to restore proper scapular mechanics. In some cases, injections or surgery may be necessary.

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