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Snapping Scapula Syndrome
Meredith A. Lazar, MD1; Young W. Kwon, MD, PhD1; Andrew S. Rokito, MD1
1 Department of Orthopedics, New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases, 301 East 17th Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10003. E-mail address for M.A. Lazar: Meredith.Lazar@nyumc.org
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The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2009 Sep 01;91(9):2251-2262. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.H.01347
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Abstract

Snapping scapula syndrome arises from either a soft-tissue or a skeletal anomaly within the scapulothoracic space that creates a cracking sound during scapulothoracic motion that patients associate with pain.

Nonoperative measures consisting of supervised physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and therapeutic injections are the mainstay of treatment.

Open, arthroscopic, and combined operative approaches have been described for the treatment of refractory cases, with good overall outcomes in many relatively small case series. However, the optimal operative approach has yet to be determined.

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