Where is the LTN? LTN begins at the backside of the neck travels along the shoulder and terminates at the Serratus Anterior muscle, an area below the armpit
What's the problem with LTN injuries? the nerve is compressed or there is too much traction on the nerve, which can lead to your scapula contacting the shoulder joint damaging the muscle or joint capsule; this interferes with the articulation of your shoulder and scapular joint during shoulder movements, limiting range of motion and resulting in pain and shoulder weakness
How do you know if you have a LTN injury? if you have a shoulder blade that protrudes from your back along with shoulder weakness with or without pain, especially if you try to move your arm overhead
How do LTN injuries happen? -if you play contact sports, wear backpacks, carry bags, wear bras -if your involved in motor vehicle accidents, whiplash -if you play single arm dominant sports, tennis, bowling, and golf -if you are inactive for long periods, awkward sleeping position, a challenging workstation, surgery in one position for long periods, injury from mastectomy, cardiac surgery, and spinal fusion surgery
If you get treatment that only treats the problem locally but does not address the LTN the relief may only be short lived.
If you are having any shoulder pain or shoulder weakness make sure to book an appointment with Four Seasons so you can have the problem corrected by a therapist who understands the different dynamics that play into shoulder pain and weakness and knows how to correct it.