Case Report  |   February 2017
Long Thoracic Nerve Injury Caused by Overhead Weight Lifting Leading to Scapular Dyskinesis and Medial Scapular Winging
Author Notes
  • From the Rehabilitation Physicians of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania (Drs Berthold and Burg) and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania (Student Doctor Nussbaum). 
  •  *Address correspondence to Justin B. Berthold, DO, Rehabilitation Physicians of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, 21 Yost Blvd, 144 Forest Hills Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA 15221 Email: rehabphysiciansofpgh@gmail.com
     
Article Information
Neuromusculoskeletal Disorders / Sports Medicine
Case Report   |   February 2017
Long Thoracic Nerve Injury Caused by Overhead Weight Lifting Leading to Scapular Dyskinesis and Medial Scapular Winging
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, February 2017, Vol. 117, 133-137. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.025
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, February 2017, Vol. 117, 133-137. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.025
Abstract

Scapular winging represents a rare phenomenon that most commonly results from nerve damage to either the long thoracic nerve, spinal accessory nerve, or, less commonly, the dorsal scapular nerve. This injury results in an abnormal scapulohumeral interaction during kinetic motion known as scapular dyskinesis. In this case report, the patient presented with scapular dyskinesis and medial scapular winging caused by overhead weight-lifting exercises, and a long thoracic nerve injury was diagnosed. Physicians are encouraged to consider long thoracic nerve damage in a patient with a history of repetitive overhead movements who presents with scapular dyskinesis and the corresponding restriction of overhead arm motions. Potential mechanisms of injury and treatment options are also discussed.

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