Scapular Depression Syndrome
- Common Medical Diagnoses:
- Glenohumeral joint impingement
- Rotator Cuff Tear
- Humeral subluxation
- Acromioclavicular joint pain
- neck pain with or without radiating arm pain
- pain in the upper trap and or levator scap
- thoracic outlet syndrome
Various upper body pain (see the above diagnoses) that is due to the scapula sitting too low on the chest wall due to overly lengthened scapular elevator muscles and tight scapular depressor muscles. Other characteristics that might be present could be a long neck, tall, long lanky, short and or heavy arms.
- Depressed shoulders – clavicle horizontal or lateral portion lower than medial.
- Superior angle of the scapula is lower than T2.
- Decreased pain with passive elevation of the scapula either at rest or during motion.
- Decrease the length of the upper trapezius and possibly the levator scapula.
- Tape as needed for support.
- Reestablish balance between the upper and lower trapezius.
- Improve the mobility of the scapular depressors, especially the lats and pecs.