If you suspect a winged scapula, book an appointment with your doctor or a sports medicine specialist. They will perform tests to determine if nerve damage has occurred. Further, you may be referred to a physiotherapist and/or massage therapist.
A physiotherapist and massage therapist may prescribe rehabilitation exercises to help retrain the shoulder muscles, as well as regain strength in weak or imbalanced areas. These exercises often involve fixing postural deficits.
If nerve damage is present and is severe, surgery may be required. Surgery involves a small incision which takes pressure off of the damaged nerve. Throughout your recovery, it may also be recommended to avoid lying or sleeping on a certain side, as well as maintaining a good posture to allow for effective and efficient healing of the nerve.
Recovery often takes anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of years – depending on the severity of the issue. The earlier you get treated, the better!
Massage therapy can help you get back to feeling your best. At Athlete’s Choice Massage, our therapists are dedicated to helping you get back to your regular activities. Massage promotes healing, blood flow, and releases tension in the affected area. Book your next appointment online today!