Scapulothoracic joint

The scapulothoracic joint is a not an anatomical joint as it does not refer to two opposing bones, but to a physiological joint of the pectoral girdle. The scapula is held against the thoracic wall by many muscles and the strut of the clavicle secondarily attaching it to the manubrium.

The scapulothoracic joint allows for the complex scapular movements in relation to the thoracic cage: elevation and depression, protraction and retraction, and medial and lateral rotation.

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rID: 41598
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Scapulothoracic joints
  • Scapulothoracic articulation

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