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Serratus Anterior

General information The Serratus anterior is a muscle originating along the surface of the first to eighth ribs along the chest sides. It inserts down the entire anterior length in the medial border of the scapula. Literal meaning The front...

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Serratus Posterior Inferior

General information There are two serratus muscles, although the most commonly known one is the serratus anterior muscle. The lesser known is the serratus posterior muscle which is located in the upper and lower back’s intermediate...

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Pectoralis Minor

General information Pectoralis minor is a skeletal muscle that pushes forward and draws down the scapula or raises the ribs. It also stabilizes the scapula during movement. Literal meaning Lesser breast. Interesting information Pectoralis...

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Levatores Costarum

General information Levatores costarum is a group of 12 small triangular muscles connecting the thoracic vertebrae to their adjacent ribs. These muscles are situated along the entire thoracic area from C7 to T12 on the posterior thoracic...

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General information The intercostal muscles are made up of the intrinsic muscles of the rib cage which are situated in the 11 intercostal spaces. There are three groups within the intercostals, situated superficially down to deep: External...

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General information The diaphragm is a dome-shaped trunk muscle. It is an anatomical border that separates the thoracic and abdominal cavities. The diaphragm is also the main active muscle during inspiration. Literal meaning The muscle that...

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Costochondritis is when the cartilage connecting the breastbone and the rib becomes inflamed, the junction is referred to as the costosternal joint. Pain from this condition can mimic the signs of a heart attack and various other conditions...

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Oblique Muscle Strain

An oblique muscle strain is a strain to one of the muscles within the abdominal wall. Muscle strains occur whenever the muscles are stretched beyond their limits. Whenever this occurs, the muscle fibers end up tearing. Most of the time, the...

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Intercostal Muscle Strain

Intercostal Muscle Strain Rib strains are injuries to any of the tendons or muscles that attach to the ribs. The strain can be the result of tearing or stretching of the muscle fibers. Sometimes you will hear of the rib strain being called...