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Scapular Winging in relation to scoliosis

Lala329LLala329 Posts: 283
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:44 AM in Scoliosis
Hi spineys,

It's my first post over here on the scoliosis boards. I've got mild traumatic scoliosis (no scoliosis before my accident, now I have around a 20 degree curve). I know that's a relatively benign curve to have.

My question is, do any of you guys have shoulder problems as a result of your scoliosis? I developed brachial plexopathy last year, and I'm left with some scapular winging that my doctor says I'll probably always have because of the scoliosis. My shoulder just has this feeling like it's not sitting correctly, and I'm wondering if this is something that's common with scoliosis that I need to adapt to. Thanks!


  • Since nobody has replied to your post I just wanted to wish you well. I didn't have scapular problems so I can't help, I'm sorry.

    When you say your "doctor" do you mean a scoliosis surgeon, an orthopedic surgeon or your GP? I ask, because there is a big difference in knowledge and experience when it comes to scoliosis, between those three doctors.

    Good luck!
  • I have winging scapulas and it is related to my cervical issues and not scoliosis. I went to PT for this and there's actually quite an extensive repertoire of things that can be done PT wise for winging scapulas. PT may not solve the underlying cause, but can improve muscle strength and tone enough to reduce scapular movement.

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  • Thanks for the replies. C- you've been giving me good advice all over the place lately, so I very much appreciate it.

    Jen- My physiatrist is managing this, thank goodness, so I'm not having to see multiple specialists to manage the multiple problems I seem to have accumulated.

    C- Thanks. I did a bunch of shoulder PT last year and my shoulder was actually feeling pretty normal, but then have recently had a "relapse" of the shoulder symptoms. I appreciate the perspective that even if we can't correct the underlying cause another round of PT can still help by strengthening it. I think I was a little discouraged as far as the PT because it stinks to work really hard and to actually have the shoulder feeling better only to have a set back. I'm just *really* trying to get this under control before I make the SCS decision because I feel like I need to have the non-back body parts in as good of shape as possible to make a good decision about that...I think I have just gotten overwhelmed the last month or so with making decisions and juggling the management of these multiple body parts.
  • Sometimes I find that the harder I try to fix something, the more I mess it up. When I step back and just focus on taking care of the immediate needs, the rest just seems to naturally fall into place.

    Thanks for the nice comments.

  • crooked_spineccrooked_spine Posts: 3
    edited 01/22/2014 - 10:58 PM
    @Lala329, "I did a bunch of shoulder PT last year "

    Can you give me more details of the shoulder PT. I am looking for shoulder PT for my daughter who has scoliosis and a protruding right scapula. If possible you could send me a PM. thanks
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  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 01/22/2014 - 11:50 PM
    My scapula and shoulder are way out of place because of an accident. My physio now tapes my shoulder and scapula into the correct mechanical place and that has helped a lot with the pain. She tapes it as my muscles try to pull it out again as it has been out ofr so long.
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