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Olympic Swimmer and Record Holder Treated by Dr. Nath

(Houston - March 1, 2004) After not being able to raise his right arm above his head in December 2003, A South African swimmer who holds the national record for the butterfly stroke, finished third place in the 100-meter butterfly finals during the South African Swimming Team Olympic Trials on April 19, 2004, qualifing for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens.

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Swimmer had winging scapula surgery in January 2004, performed by Dr. Rahul Nath, a reconstructive microsurgeon at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.


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Information about Winging Scapula Injury

Winging of the scapula due to long thoracic nerve palsy is a common diagnosis and should be treated as a significant functional problem. It must be recognized that scapular winging is not simply an aesthetic issue; the compensatory muscular activity required to improve shoulder stability is associated with secondary pain and spasm due to muscle imbalances and tendonitis around the shoulder joint.

Surgical decompression and neurolysis appears to be an effective and rational treatment modality in specific instances where supraclavicular injury to the long thoracic nerve is identified. Risk factors for supraclavicular nerve injury include a history of vigorous athletic maneuvers with the affected extremity, lifting of heavy weights, and direct external pressure.

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The serratus anterior is an interesting muscle, in that it has a dual function. In addition to being an auxiliary breathing muscle the serratus anterior also rotates the shoulder blade to position it for raising your arm. Without the serratus anterior, you wouldn't be able to raise your arm above shoulder level.

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Dr. Nath has been named one of America's Top Doctors for 3 years straight, 2001-2003; less than 1% of American Doctors make it onto this list.

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Our clinic supports by far the largest number of patients with winging scapula injuries of the serratus anterior in North America. Most of our patients come from outside Texas and with the facilities of the Texas Medical Center (the largest in the world), we have excellent facilities for patients traveling from outside Texas. Our team is here to help you with your long thoracic nerve injury.

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Patients from all over the United States and around the world have had nerve surgery by Dr. Nath in Houston, Texas.

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