Levator Scapulae

Joe Muscolino

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Posterior view of the right levator scapulae. The trapezius is ghosted in. Permission Joseph E. Muscolino.

ATTACHMENTS:

  • The levator scapulae attaches from the medial border of the scapula (from the root of the spine to the superior angle) to the transverse processes of C1-C4.

 

ACTIONS:

  • Extends the neck at the cervical spinal joints
  • Laterally flexes the neck at the cervical spinal joints
  • Ipsilaterally rotates the neck at the cervical spinal joints
  • Elevates the scapula at the scapulocostal joint
  • Downwardly rotates the scapula at the scapulocostal joint

 

TRIVIA NOTE:

  • There is a twist in the fibers of the levator scapulae so that the highest fibers from the scapula attach the lowest on the spine and vice versa.