Scapulothoracic region pain can be a diagnostic dilemma, occasionally being confused with other causes of shoulder pain or even a thoracic or cervical radiculopathy. True scapulothoracic bursitis can be caused by abnormal biomechanics between the scapula and the rib cage as an isolated entity, due to a structural lesion such as a tumor, post traumatic, idiopathic, or secondary to a post surgical deformity of the chest wall.
This article appears in HSS Journal: Volume 3, Number 2.
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HSS Journal, an academic peer-reviewed journal, is published twice a year, February and September, and features articles by internal faculty and HSS alumni that present current research and clinical work in the field of musculoskeletal medicine performed at HSS, including research articles, surgical procedures, and case reports.