Shoulder: Scapulothoracic Dysfunction


Scapulothoracic dysfunction refers to the movement of the shoulder blade with the rib cage. If the muscles surrounding the shoulder blades and back are weak compared to the athlete’s anterior body musculature, a “winging” malposition, or poor movement of the shoulder blades may occur resulting in pain in that area, which can also affect the shoulders.    




Signs and symptoms of an Scapulothoracic Dysfunction may include:
  • Pain in shoulder joint and with elevation of arm
  • Decreased pulling or throwing velocity
  • Improved symptoms with manual stabilization of shoulder blade
Self-Care

A doctor may suggest icing and resting the shoulder or modifying activity.

Physical Therapy

Certified Physical Therapists work closely with doctors to create an individualized program for core strengthening, scapular stabilization, postural reeducation, and assessment of swimming technique or throwing technique