Winged scapula is a rare yet painful condition in which the shoulder blade protrudes out from the chest wall. Depending on the severity of the condition, it’s oftentimes difficult for individuals suffering from winged scapula to sit down for long periods of time. The protruding shoulder blade presses against the back of chair, creating a painful sensation of pins and needles. Through chiropractic cars, however, hope is on the horizon for those living with winged scapula.
It’s fairly easy to diagnose winged scapula, as the shoulder blade is visibly larger and more prominent, essentially sticking out from the back. During its initial stages, symptoms are minimal and may include slight discomfort. If left untreated, however, winged scapula will become progressively worse until it begins to affect the individuals daily life. In its later stages, winged scapula can make it difficult for the individual to get dressed, sit down in chair, or even drive a car.
There are several known causes of winged scapula, one of which is damage to the thoracic nerve. This nerve runs to the serratus anterior and is responsible for moving the scapula forward. When damaged, severed or otherwise no longer working as it should, the scapula will gradually protrude out; thus, resulting in winged scapula. Blunt force trauma through physical injury is the most common way the thoracic nerve is damaged, but it can also become damaged from excessive strength training exercises, repetitive movements and inflammation.
Another common cause of winged scapula is poor posture. Individuals who constantly go through their day-to-day lives with poor posture are placed at a higher risk of developing this condition. This is why it’s important to keep your back straight and your heard held high when you’re walking or sitting down. Be aware of your posture along the curvature of your spine at all time. Maintaining good posture will protect your body from winged scapula along with numerous other conditions.
Placing an ice compress on the affected shoulder blade is one technique that’s helpful for offering temporary pain relief. The ice will subside any associated swelling while cooling the pain. Some people living with winged scapula have also reported success using a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). In cases where the winged scapula is caused from inflammation, taking an NSAID will alleviate some of the symptoms. Just remember to talk with your physician before starting any new medicine.
If you’re suffering from winged scapula, you should take the necessary action now to get your body back on track towards better health. Without treatment, the scapula will continue on its ‘outward’ path, which only makes the symptoms progressively worse. Professional chiropractors can oftentimes offer some relief for winged scapula. While each and every case is different, a chiropractor can help guide the thoracic nerve back into its original position if this is the cause of your winged scapula.
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