Levator scapulae

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Levator scapulae is a muscle of the upper limb that connects the pectoral girdle to the cervical spine.


  • origin: C1-C4 transverse processes
  • insertion: superior angle of the scapula
  • innervation: direct branches from the C3-4 spinal nerves, and the dorsal scapular nerve (C5)
  • action
    • elevates medial border of the scapula
    • when scapula is fixed, lateral flexion of the neck
Upper limb anatomy
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rID: 23253
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Levator scapulae muscle

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