What is snapping scapula syndrome?
Snapping scapula syndrome is also known as scapulothoracic bursitis; this malady is characterized by snapping, popping, and pain in the upper back area, usually deep to the shoulder blade. The scapula is the shoulder blade; the scapula is a triangular shaped bone that sits at the superior area of the right and left upper back. A bursa (fluid filled sac) is located between the scapula and the thorax (rib cage). The bursa provide cushioning and protection against friction during movement of the shoulder blade relative to the rib cage. This fluid sac is known as the scapulothoracic bursa. Inflammation of the scapulothoracic bursa can occur is association with weightlifting, throwing, swimming, tennis and a number of other upper extremity based activities. Inflammation of this bursa is also known as scapulothoracic bursitis. Dr. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic shoulder specialist serving Manhattan, Brooklyn, New York City, NY and surrounding areas has extensive experience in treating snapping scapula syndrome and other shoulder related injuries.