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  1. 2021;5;227-230 Treatment of Pain Due to Winged Scapula with Spinal Cord Stimulation: A Case Report
    Case Report
    Akshay Bhatt, MD, Daniel Taylor, MD, and Russell Bell, MD.

BACKGROUND: Winged scapula (WS) is a protrusion of the scapula giving the appearance of a wing and can be due to either a musculoskeletal or neurological insult. Pain associated with WS is multifactorial, including myofascial and neuronal mechanisms, and may be difficult to treat.

CASE REPORT: In a case of WS refractory to conservative management with physical therapy and medications and not a candidate for nerve repair, we treated the pain with a spinal cord stimulator. We report significant pain reduction and improvement in function with the procedure.

CONCLUSION: This case suggests a role for neuromodulation in WS and requires further investigation.

KEY WORDS: Winged scapula, spinal accessory nerve injury, spinal cord stimulation, neuromodulation