How is Scapulothoracic Bursitis Diagnosed?
After a thorough medical review and physical examination, Dr. Yau will perform a variety of diagnostic tests to diagnose snapping scapula syndrome. X-rays will provide a detailed view of the shoulder’s bony structures, while an MRI scan will provide a detailed view of the soft structures.
How is Scapulothoracic Bursitis, or Snapping Scapula Treated?
The majority of patients suffering from scapulothoracic bursitis will be treated through conservative measures. Non-surgical treatments include rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injection, activity modification and physical therapy. Physical therapy is designed to strengthen the scapular muscle in order to alleviate symptoms.
Dr. Yau may recommend surgery if conservative measures fail to alleviate symptoms or if a soft tissue or bony mass is the cause of pain and dysfunction. In these cases, Dr. Yau will perform an arthroscopic procedure to remove the inflamed bursa, bone spurs and/or other abnormalities. The removal of these defects reduces inflammation and returns full range of motion to the shoulder joint.
For more information on snapping scapula syndrome, or for treatment plans designed to treat scapulothoracic bursitis, please contact the orthopedic office of Dr. Jervis Yau, shoulder specialist in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California area.