levator scapulae muscle

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le·va·tor scap·u·lae mus·cle

(le-vā'tŏr skap'yū-lē mŭs'ĕl)
Origin, from posterior tubercles of transverse processes of four upper cervical vertebrae; insertion, into superior angle of scapula; action, raises the scapula; nerve supply, dorsal scapular nerve.
Synonym(s): musculus levator scapulae [TA] , elevator muscle of scapula.
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A cadaveric study of the motor nerves to the levator scapulae muscle. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg.
Snapping scapula is commonly a misdiagnosed disorder.5 Most patients complain of pain at the superomedial angle of the scapula during activities, whereas others complain of pain even at rest.7 Usually the pain is the direct cause of the scapulothoracic bursitis located at the level of the levator scapulae muscle insertion at the superomedial angle of the scapula.7,8 Many treatment methods have been described to deal with snapping scapula, including surgical and non-surgical methods.
Whereas thirteen patients described an audible crepitus accompanied with moderate to severe pain located at the superomedial scapular angle radiates mostly to the levator scapulae muscle. Twenty two patients did not describe audible crepitus.
The posterolateral boundaries of Sibson fascia are the vertebral column, first rib, levator scapulae muscle, and scalenus medius muscle; the medial boundary is formed by the superior mediastinal structures; and the anterior boundary is formed by the scalenus anterior and sternocleidomastoid muscles.
The procedure involves detaching the trapezius, rhomboid, and levator scapulae muscles at the midline origin followed by removing the omovertebral bone.
Typically arising from the transverse process of C3 to C5, the levator claviculae courses inferiorly, lateral to the scalene and levator scapulae muscles, medial and posterior to the sternocleidomastoid muscle and usually inserting on the clavicle.
(a) Stretch the upper trapezius and levator scapulae muscles both pre and postflight.
The soft-tissues treated included the cervical paraspinals, scalenes, upper trapezius, and levator scapulae muscles, bilaterally.