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Debunking Myths: Scapular Dyskinesis and “Wonky Shoulders” by Baulkham Hills Family Physio


Welcome our new informative blog on the misconceptions surrounding scapular dyskinesis and the notion of “wonky shoulders.” Shoulder pain is a common concern, and we are here to provide clarity on why scapular dyskinesis may not be the sole source of discomfort and why having a slightly different shoulder movement pattern is often not a cause for worry.


Understanding Scapular Dyskinesis

At the Movement Mill, we aim to educate our readers about scapular dyskinesis, a condition involving altered movement and position of the shoulder blade during shoulder motion. While it is often linked to shoulder pain, our team of qualified healthcare professionals emphasises the need to recognize that scapular dyskinesis may not always be the root cause of such discomfort.


The Complexity of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can result from various factors, including rotator cuff injuries, bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, labral tears, nerve impingement, fractures, and dislocations. Our experts at theMovement Mill understand the intricate anatomy of the shoulder joint and can help you to get back to living the life you want.


Scapular Dyskinesis: An Association, Not a Causation

We want to emphasise that scapular dyskinesis, while possibly present in individuals with shoulder pain, is often a compensatory mechanism rather than a direct cause. Addressing only scapular dyskinesis without identifying and treating the whole person may provide temporary relief or no relief at all.


Emphasising Individual Variation

At our clinics, we celebrate the uniqueness of every individual’s body. Minor variations in shoulder movement patterns are entirely normal, and having a “wonky shoulder” may not be a cause for concern if there is no pain, limited function, or significant impairment.


Seeking Professional Evaluation

If you are experiencing persistent shoulder pain or have concerns about your shoulder movement, our team of highly qualified healthcare professionals are here to help. Book an initial assessment today to receive a comprehensive evaluation and personalised treatment plan designed to address the root cause of your discomfort.


At the Movement Mill, we believe in empowering our clients to take charge of their shoulder health. Scapular dyskinesis isn’t always the source of shoulder pain, and individual variation is a natural aspect of the human body. For an accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment, book an initial assessment with our experts and embark on a journey towards a pain-free and active life.

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