The scapulothoracic joint is located where the shoulder blade or scapula joins the rib cage. The scapula moves easily due to the presence of bursae (fluid filled sacs), which help in the smooth movement of the joint. Inflammation of the bursa is termed scapulothoracic bursitis. This inflammation may be caused due to over usage, consistent motion and repetitive movements of the joint.
The various symptoms of scapulothoracic bursitis include:
Scapulothoracic bursitis is diagnosed based on your medical history and conducting a physical examination to check for the symptoms. Your doctor may also perform imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans to get a clear picture of the inner aspects of the shoulder blade and confirm diagnosis.
Based on the severity of the condition, scapulothoracic bursitis can be treated both surgically and non-surgically.