A 38-year-old man presents to the physician for evaluation of a work-related injury. The patient reports that he was thrown from a forklift while on the job two weeks ago. He states that he now has difficulty lifting heavy objects with his left arm and complains of left shoulder pain. Past medical history is unremarkable. On physical examination, he has decreased range of motion in his left shoulder and has significant protrusion of the left scapula.
Which of the following nerves has most likely been injured in this patient?
- A) Axillary nerve
- B) Lateral anterior scapular nerve
- C) Long thoracic nerve
- D) Short thoracic nerve
- E) Suprascapular nerve