Symptoms of Scapulothoracic Bursitis

Scapulothoracic Bursitis is a condition that causes pain behind the shoulder blade.  It is often associated with audible cracking, grating, grinding and popping, hence the alternative name ‘snapping scapula’ syndrome.  The cause is inflammation of the bursa (bursitis) underneath the scapula. The bursa usually acts as lubricating tissue that allows the scapula to glide smoothly over the ribs during every day shoulder motion.  When the bursa becomes inflamed, it causes significant pain, and loss of function.

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