Snapping Scapula Syndrome in the Military

Jeanne C. Patzkowski, Brett D. Owens, Travis C. Burns

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Snapping scapula syndrome is a rare condition that presents with symptoms ranging from crepitus to disabling pain in the scapulothoracic articulation. This condition may be more frequent in a military population because of physical fitness standards that require nonphysiologic forces to be applied to the scapulothoracic articulation. Nonoperative therapy is the first-line management. Surgical options include arthroscopic or open scapulothoracic bursectomy with or without partial scapulectomy. After scapulothoracic arthroscopy up to 90% of patients report good/excellent results, up to 90% are able to return to work, and more than 60% return to sports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)757-766
Number of pages10
JournalClinics in sports medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Bursa
  • Chest wall
  • Military
  • Snapping scapula syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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