Nonsurgical treatment is preferred for patients with snapping scapula. These types of treatments are generally successful, especially when the problem is coming from soft tissues. Your Physical Therapist at Advanced Sports Therapy may start by recommending nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Rest and ice also help reduce inflammation and ease pain.
Our Physical Therapist will also evaluate your posture to make sure that your spine and shoulder bones are in their best alignment. We may also have you do a strengthening program to bulk up the muscles under the scapula. This can help pad and cushion the soft tissues between the scapula and rib cage.
Therapy is more involved after surgery. Patients wear a sling following scapula surgery. Your Physical Therapist will have you begin passive shoulder movements soon after surgery. But there should be no active exercises for about eight weeks, to make sure the muscles are firmly healed where they were sewn back into the drill holes in the scapula. Our post-surgical patients usually start doing resistive exercise and activities after 12 weeks.
At Advanced Sports Therapy, our goal is to help speed your recovery so that you can more quickly return to your everyday activities. When your recovery is well under way, regular visits to our office will end. Although we will continue to be a resource, you will be in charge of doing your exercises as part of an ongoing home program.
Advanced Sports Therapy provides services for Physical Therapy in Wellesley.