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  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackieg412 View Post
    So Shy, I will only comment on the winging of the scapula. It can be a big problem. But there is help for that.
    What kind of help? (Years ago, I did the exercises a physical therapist gave me to build up the muscles that were supposed to reduce the winging. It didn't reduce the winging. Five years ago I remember another member saying my scapula is still "winging" despite building up those muscles because the winging was a result of my scoliosis, that it's actually my rib hump.)

    Quote Originally Posted by jackieg412 View Post
    If you read some of the problems that I faced it can be diagnosed and then helped. Part of my problem was function of the arm. But you haven't mentioned that . But check it out
    How do I check it out?

    Thank you jackie

    (I just want to add that I have come to the conclusion that exercise won't reduce it, and surgery is not an option as I have only a "moderate" case, despite it being very visible, of scoliosis and kyphosis, and that finding the right shirts is my only real option.)
    Last edited by so_shy; 09-20-2016 at 10:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boogaloo View Post
    So_shy I am really really sorry if I offended you in some way, it wasn't my intention. My intention was to help and try to motivate you. Now I understand that my words won't change your situation so do whatever you think might help you.
    Thank you boogaloo, (I want help but in no way do I want to burden others. I apologize to anyone who I might be driving crazy because I tend to be, as I was five years ago, repetitive.)

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    So Shy, you can look up the threads that I posted to follow up my journey with a winged scapula. My shoulder was depressed and my arm was stuck. You haven't mentioned an arm problem but you may either not have it or you may just be used to it. But the winging can be helped, sometimes by PT. I know you said you did that but you can't stop the exercise. It is a problem that needs treatment.
    An upper extremity specialist can check you and give you direction.But don't give up.It can be helped. The upper extremity specialist is not a spine doctor so he will look at the issue differently. If you can't find my posts I will send you a link.
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    Fractured t-9 six days out of surgery
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    PJK at t-9
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    Removal of left side t6-t10. 8/14
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16

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    I know you said that surgery wasn't an option for you and I know you saw a spine specialist but with the winging of the scapula you should see an upper extremity specialist. Yes PT may be ordered but the specialist may direct them to the right muscles. And you said you did the exercises but I have found out you can't quit them. It is a battle. Winging of the scapula does have other causes so the specialist will address those. I did have scoliosis surgery and developed the winging after. I had 2 other surgeries to correct that, but this was done in a large university hospital as they are not common procedures.
    However you have not mentioned difficulty with motion. That is very important.
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    Fractured t-9 six days out of surgery
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    PJK at t-9
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    Removal of left side t6-t10. 8/14
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16

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    Try American Apparel if there's a store by you -- They have different cuts of shirts for men.

    Just checked and they have deep v-neck, and something they are calling "Le new big tee" that's a wide neck, another shirt they are calling Viscose
    Sexuali-Tee that's very loose and low wide neck.

    http://store.americanapparel.net/en/...hirts_cat33192


    That's the only store I can think of that's a franchise and common enough as a physical store that you could visit.
    30 something y.o.

    2003 - T45, L???
    2005 - T50, L31
    bunch of measurements between...

    2011 - T60, L32
    2013 - T68, L?

    Posterior Fusion Sept 2014 -- T3 - L3
    Post - op curve ~35



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    Quote Originally Posted by green m&m View Post
    Try American Apparel if there's a store by you -- They have different cuts of shirts for men.

    Just checked and they have deep v-neck, and something they are calling "Le new big tee" that's a wide neck, another shirt they are calling Viscose
    Sexuali-Tee that's very loose and low wide neck.

    http://store.americanapparel.net/en/...hirts_cat33192


    That's the only store I can think of that's a franchise and common enough as a physical store that you could visit.
    I searched and found there is an American Apparel about a half hour from me. I looked at the two kinds of shirts (Le new big tee and Viscose
    Sexuali-Tee) and the first one looks very much like the shirts that were suggested and shared five years ago (but were only sold online). This gives me hope. Thank you so much, green m&m.
    Last edited by so_shy; 09-26-2016 at 12:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackieg412 View Post
    I know you said that surgery wasn't an option for you and I know you saw a spine specialist but with the winging of the scapula you should see an upper extremity specialist. Yes PT may be ordered but the specialist may direct them to the right muscles. And you said you did the exercises but I have found out you can't quit them. It is a battle. Winging of the scapula does have other causes so the specialist will address those. I did have scoliosis surgery and developed the winging after. I had 2 other surgeries to correct that, but this was done in a large university hospital as they are not common procedures.
    However you have not mentioned difficulty with motion. That is very important.
    No, I don't have any difficulty with motion. So I assume that means a surgeon wouldn't operate for just cosmetic reasons.

    (I had actually asked a doctor many many years ago if there was a surgery to remove a scapula.)

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    I will tell you that you wouldn't want your shoulder blade removed because it is responsible for 30 percent of all arm movement. Most people never think of their scapula but it is very important. I had a portion of my right removed but then the muscle failed.So I had a muscle transfer that improved movement and took away the winging.
    I don't know if a surgeon would do the transfer to improve the look but true winging would affect your arm movement. If the upper extremity specialist would do it the look of it will be as if it never winged. But it is a complicated surgery that is performed by a high level specialist. It isn't a hard surgery like spine but it requires a lot of rehab.
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    Fractured t-9 six days out of surgery
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    PJK at t-9
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    Removal of left side t6-t10. 8/14
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16

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