Winged scapula is a condition characterized by lateral or medial protrusion of the scapula caused by nerve damage leading to muscular paralysis. The purpose of this systematic review of literature is to evaluate the current research literature related to the effectiveness of therapy options for winged scapula. Eleven peer reviewed English language research articles published from 1998 to present were included for evaluation. Study results revealed positive therapeutic outcomes for physical therapy and scapular bracing. Results also showed positive outcomes for the use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and acupuncture for the treatment of nerve related conditions similar to winged scapula. Additional research is needed to evaluate the effectiveness of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and acupuncture for winged scapula patients specifically.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
UCF Daytona Beach
Normand, Samantha L., "Therapy Options for Winged Scapula Patients: A Literature Review" (2016). Honors in the Major Theses. 78.
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