Symptoms of suprascapular nerve entrapment

Symptoms of suprascapular nerve entrapment

How does a patient with suprascapular nerve entrapment present? 

Typically, the patient has deep pain in the posterior shoulder along the muscles of the scapula—namely, supra-and infraspinatus muscles.

Weakness in these muscles may occur, and in chronic cases, there may be atrophy.

A relatively rare condition, this is increasing in prevalence from the use of backpacks.

How is the suprascapular nerve entrapment treated? 

Steroid injections at the suprascapular notch, where the nerve passes under a ligament, can provide relief, but it may be temporary.

Surgical decompression may be necessary.


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