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"Snapping Scapula Syndorme" or Scapulothoracic bursitis

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  • Posted By: AbCampbell
  • May 15, 2008
  • 09:14 PM

I'm glad I have stumbled across this website and found the article on "Snapping Scapula Sydrome" I am 21 years old male used to be involved in hockey, football and many other sports. I have had a few shoulder dislocations and had an anterior repair and since no problems...the latest CT scan showed that verything is solid its all healed tendons have healed and looks pretty solid according to orthapedic surgeon (well as good as an injured part can be). But Im big into weight lifting/fitness/nutrition but notice how unsymmetrical my shoulders were not to mention the pain in my scapula/traps/rhomboid/, not to mention my posture is incorrect. I tend to hold my one shoulder closer to my body and slouch a little with the trapezius being higher then the other. currently I am student aspiring to become an future athletic therapist or some type health science career. But for years I thought my shoulder was the problem and strengthend it excessively. but now I'm more concious of muscles, muscle functions, skeletal system etc etc. I've noticed the grinding and pain is coming from my scapula not shoulder joint, my shoudler is joint is great. I've been to Orthapedic surgeons, chiros and now physiotherapy but It's as if muscles aren't functioning properly to hold the scapula it also wings in comparison to other. It has been a problem for years but finally after some analysis and research and this website! I beleive I have "snapping scapula sydrome" it all makes sense after reading other people's postings!. It tends to become irrated in workouts(I've had to stop) and progressively gets worse. As well my posture suffers. Is this sydrome genetic ? because my sister has the exact same symptoms as me the pinching/tightness in the upper trapezius/spine/neck area. very painful/annoying/tightness constantly when bursts is inflammed after constant use or even when not in use. I live in Ontario, Canada and wondering if anyone knows of any good Orthapedic Surgeons or Doctors who actually recognize this? and not make you feel like its all in your head or say they dont't know. Its as if there is a constant tightness in the upper scapula and very sore constantly sometimes even to sit. Sounds similar to many articles I have read about "snapping scapula sydrome" anyways if anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Painkillers and inflammtory drugs are a band aid solution and do not help that is the simpliest way out of a bigger problem!http://www.eorthopod.com/public/patient_education/6533/snapping_scapula_syndrome.html
This article discusses the exact symptoms I suffer and as well as my sister.
anyways this has been a novel and I'm going to shut my mouth now but if anyone has any suggest that would be greatly appreciated thanks for your time and putting up with rambling ahah. Thanks!

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  • I also have this syndrome. I have been to 2 different chiropractors but have not acheived complete relief! Sometimes I have just an annoying ache but I have had times where the pain is so bad I can't sleep. I feel pinching and numbness as well. One chiropractor says it's all my posture and spine. He was no help at all. The second chiropractor has helped improve symptoms but they grinding and dull ache has not gone away. I can't stand it. I have not gone to an orthopedic MD yet. I don't know what else to do. Any info is appreciated.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 6, 2008
    • 01:34 PM
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  • I also have this syndrome. I have been to 2 different chiropractors but have not acheived complete relief! Sometimes I have just an annoying ache but I have had times where the pain is so bad I can't sleep. I feel pinching and numbness as well. One chiropractor says it's all my posture and spine. He was no help at all. The second chiropractor has helped improve symptoms but they grinding and dull ache has not gone away. I can't stand it. I have not gone to an orthopedic MD yet. I don't know what else to do. Any info is appreciated.I have been to 4 chiropractors, an orthopedic surgeon and numerous doctors. I was told by the specialist that I am special and just need to live with it. My pain is that bad sometimes I struggle to breathe, my shoulder blade is winged, poking out I look like the hunchback. From the shoulder blade being out my neck locks in, tests have shown loss of lordosis which is posture related. I fully believe I have scapular bursitis but all the doctors make out its in my head. The pain is that bad Ive had to defer University as I cannot sit at the computer for extended times.I feel both your pain as I go through it every day with no helpRach
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 1, 2009
    • 00:06 PM
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  • i suffer from snapping scapula syndrome as well, or at least i think i do. i've been to a number of doctors since i was 17 with a stiffness and pain underneath my left shoulder blade, and felt an occasionally painful popping/grinding along my ribs towards my chest. I'm 25 now and recently "googled" symptoms and have gotten a better diagnosis, in my opinion, on what's happeninng to my body. i've been taking inflammatory's since i cannot afford another doctor who will charge me for his super inflammatory's when he hasn't properly diagnosed me. aside from a strict workout regiment and chewing on inflammatory's, i don't know to do. -Marz
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 8, 2009
    • 07:01 PM
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  • "winged" or "winging" of the scapula is from underdeveloped (underengaged) serratus anterior and/or over developed (overengaged) trapezius. The plausible explanation is from your shoulder dislocations, your affected side trapezius is acting in a protective manner, engaging in more tone than normal, resulting in excess tension. thus shifting the path of the scapula along the thorax. get a good massage therapist and a good physiotherapist. they'll help you identify the subtle differences and likely find areas of trauma/compensation that are not obvious. The best ones I know are If you have access to the Guelph/waterloo area. Brenda Scott-Thomas "Speed river physiotherapy clinic" The best in my opinion. she's been part of the national endurance centre for canada and a team physiotherapist for team canada cross-countryLance Dawson "waterloo sports medicine clinic" He has also worked with the national endurance centre athletes.In my experience, ortho surgeons typically become content when tendons have healed and scans reveal no abnormalities. They are not concerned with performance, or application outside normal life. The two I have listed above deal with national calibre athletes and are experienced in treating subtle problems and helping people get maximum performance. If you can access these two therapists, look for some with similar backround in your area.
    Croatiamedstudent 32 Replies
    • November 10, 2009
    • 03:25 PM
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  • I think I have the snapping scapula syndorme aswell it started 3 years ago (I'm 19 at the moment) I was on holidays surfing every day and my upper back started to feel really tight. I went to a clinic to have some massages and some hot baths to relax but the tightness would always come back.. After a while my shoulder started to inflame, i tried to make ultra-sounds on it, ice ,etc... but the inflamation would always get back.. So now my shoulders are inflamet and i feel tightness on my upperback the doctor said that i have very strong on my front side (chest, biceps) and I need more strenght on my back... and that's what's causing the problem... What do you think? I am really tired of this... i have tryied everything and waisted a lot of my parents hard money on doctors that gave me no solution.. thank you.
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  • Hi, I am a physical therapist. A snapping scapula is not a problem unless it is painful. I would imagine with all the previous history of shoulder issues that you would have a difference between the two shoulder region muscles. If you are having pain along the medial or inside aspect of the scapula (more towards the spine) consider that you may have a lower neck problem. I have treated many patients that complain of scapula pain when the true cause of the symptoms are originating from the neck. You don't have to have any neck symptoms to have this. Consult with your doctors and PT about this potential. For more info. on should injuries, visit: http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com/shoulder-joint-pain.html good luck
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    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 15, 2010
    • 01:45 AM
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  • In May 2012, I had surgery for ''snapping scapula' with a bone spur and thickened bursa. I had been given the runaround from doctors for o about 7 years about what it was. It sounded horrible and no matter what I did it hurt everyday. the only time it really didnt hurt was when i was on vicodin or slept like 12 hrs. I had a wonderful surgeron from the University of Illinois at Chicago who cured me after so many painful years. Dr. Ben Goldberg was his name and he was an angel. My symptoms included:weaknesspainthe need for severe deep tissue massages.(like really)yeah i have a nasty scar and they had to remove a piece f my shoulder blade and reattach a muscle but it was worth it! the pressure and pain is gone...now that i have graduated college..now i just have pain in my shoulders and neck from my career lol. but for that all I need is a hot bath and a light massge
    jess1988 1 Replies
    • November 16, 2012
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