Scalene Muscles

Scalene Muscles

The scalene muscles are deep in the neck to control cervical spine motion and movement.  The three scalene muscles, anterior scalene, medial scalenes, and posterior scalenes originate on the cervical spine and insert on the first few ribs.

Several nerves and arteries exit through the scalene muscles.  If the scalene muscles being to spasms they can compress the nerves and artery leading to several injuries, including thoracic outlet syndrome or dorsal scapular syndrome.


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