Prevalence of positive modified scapular assistance test in patients with shoulder pain with and without scapular dyskinesis: a cross-sectional study

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Key Points

  1. Shoulder pain patients with scapular dyskinesis were no more likely than patients without scapular dyskinesis to test positive on a modified scapular assistance test.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Scapular dyskinesis (SD) is defined as abnormal position or movement of the scapula. The modified scapular assistance test (MSAT) examines the effect of using manual assistance to normalize scapular movement during active arm elevation. The test is positive if it reduces pain.

This study compared the frequency of positive MSATs in shoulder pain patients with and without SD. It also compared pain changes during the MSAT in patients with and without SD.

Scapular dyskinesis (SD) is defined as abnormal position or movement of the scapula.
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Manual assistance during shoulder movement might be an effective method to modify shoulder pain symptoms.

METHODS

  • The study included 70 adults with shoulder pain during anterior flexion. Each were given a scapular dyskinesis test and the MSAT.
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