Shoulder Pain: The Winging Scapula

30 May 2021
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Winging scapula (shoulder blades) refers to the scapula lifting away from the rib cage with certain arm movements. It indicates a weakness of serratus anterior, lower trapezius and rhomboid muscles.

It is very common to see winging scapulas in patients with shoulder complaints such as impingement and thoracic pain; and therefore treatment regimes ought to consider correcting the winging.

Below are some useful exercises to strengthen the muscles mentioned.

Serratus Anterior Activation

Push Up Plus - Serratus Anterior Exercise for Winged Scapula

Lower Trapezius Strengthening

21. Lower Trapezius Strengthening

Rhomboid Activation

Prone Cobra (Rhomboid Activation) - Nutrex Solutions

It may be advisable to consult the advice of your GP or physiotherapist before commencing these exercises.

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