The scapula is an important piece of many shoulder conditions. A common shoulder condition that focuses on the scapula is shoulder impingement, where there is pain with overhead movements. The idea is that the scapula doesn’t rotate upwards enough and the humerus bumps into the acromion. This has led to finding the “ideal” position for the scapula during movements. This blog post will discuss the function of the scapula and its position during movement.
It seems like the list of things that can go wrong with the shoulder joint is never ending: partial rotator cuff tears, full-thickness rotator cuff tears, labral tears, shoulder dislocations, internal/external impingement syndrome, etc… However, not all shoulder pain is caused by dysfunctions within the glenohumeral joint, sometimes the scapula can be the cause. This post will discuss the importance of the scapula on shoulder pain and function.