Dec 262012
 

What pain and symptoms are associated with the supraspinatus muscle?

Supraspinatus muscle pain pattern

The supraspinatus muscle contributes to frozen shoulder, arm and elbow pain.

 

  • Deep ache over the shoulder area which continues during rest
  • Pain down the outside of the arm, occasionally extending down into the wrist
  • Can cause clicking or popping in the shoulder joint
  • Concentrated pain toward the outside of the elbow
  • Can be associated with tennis elbow
  • Pain when lifting the arm overhead
  • Difficulty and shoulder pain while shaving the face or combing hair

Where is the supraspinatus muscle?

The supraspinatus lies at the top of the back of the shoulder. It connects the shoulder blade to the upper arm. It is one of four rotator cuff muscles.

What movements does the supraspinatus muscle control?

  • Raises the arm out to the side and overhead

Activities that cause supraspinatus muscle pain and symptoms:

  • Carrying heavy objects with the arm hanging down ie. suitcase, bucket of paint, etc.
  • Tennis
  • Golf

Interesting facts about the supraspinatus:

The supraspinatus is a rotator cuff muscle found in the shoulder.

You use the supraspinatus muscle to raise your arm over your head.

A tight supraspinatus along with trigger points in the muscle can cause clicking of the shoulder. It is also often misdiagnosed as bursitis of the shoulder.

Clinical diagnoses to which this muscle symptoms may contribute:

  • Adhesive capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
  • Supraspinatus tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Shoulder sprain / strain
  • Shoulder pointer
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Subdeltoid bursitis
  • Bicipital tendinitis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Glenohumeral joint dislocation
  • Cervical arthritis or spurs


Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the Supraspinatus:

Satellite Trigger Points: Subscapularis, Infraspinatus, Middle Trapezius, Upper Trapezius, Deltoid, Latissimus Dorsi

Organ Systems Affected: Respiratory and Digestive Systems

For Detailed Anatomy Information See: Supraspinatus Muscle Anatomy


Help with Supraspinatus  and Rotator Cuff  Muscle Pain and Symptoms

Sombra Warm Therapy Gel provides pain relief.

Warm Gel Therapy For Shoulder Pain

Sombra Warm Therapy Pain Relieving Gel is a warming gel that I use everyday not only on myself but also on clients. It provides warmth without burning and is better at relieving pain than other over the counter pain creams. For arthritic or chronic shoulder pain relieve Sombra can be applied several times a day for continuous pain relief.

Cold Gel Therapy for Shoulder Rotator Cuff Injury and Pain

Biofreeze is recommended for recent muscle injuryBiofreeze Pain Relieving Gel
is a cold therapy gel that provides pain relieve for new injuries and is great as a maintenance treatment for over use and repetitive use  injuries. Cold therapy should be used instead of heat on new injuries to help reduce inflammation. A recent study showed that Biofreeze decreased pain 2 times more than ice and the pain relief lasts 9 – 10 longer. Biofreeze should be kept on hand for those who stress shoulder and rotator cuff muscles with job or hobby related activities.

Hot and Cold Shoulder Therapy Wrap

Elasto Shoulder Wrap

Elasto-Gel Hot Cold Shoulder Wrap works well for those who need a wrap that provides both heat and cold therapy. This is a great wrap for people suffering with shoulder arthritis pain. Treats frozen shoulder, rotator cuff pain and  deltoid muscles which can be affected by the supraspinatus.  The wrap is gel which allows it to mold to the chest, shoulder and upper arm comfortably.

Available in two sizes: Small Hot Cold Shoulder Wrap and Large / XLarge Hot Cold Shoulder Wrap

Ice Wrap For Shoulder Injury, Supraspinatus Rotator Cuff Muscles

Shoulder and Elbow Ice Wrap For Tricep InjuryPro-Ice Shoulder and Elbow Cold Therapy Wrap is great for shoulder injuries involving the supraspinatus and other rotator cuff muscles. The wrap not only provides cold therapy for the shoulder but it also extends down the arm providing relieve for upper arm and elbow pain. This  should be in the freezer of every ball player for quick treatment of  over use injuries and preventative maintenance.

 

Self  Treatment For Supraspinatus Muscle and Frozen Shoulder 

Frozen Shoulder Workbook

The Frozen Shoulder Workbook: Trigger Point Therapy for Overcoming Pain and Regaining Range of Motion is a book to consider if you are suffering with frozen shoulder or unresolved shoulder pain. Co-author Claire Davies bout with frozen shoulder led him to research trigger point therapy and use the methodology to resolve his pain and regain the range of motion in his shoulder and arm. In his book Davies explains adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) in layman’s language and gives step by step self treatment methods as well as stretching and strengthening exercises.

Many people have used the treatment methods to overcome frozen shoulder. For others it is a tool to help them manage their pain and maintain movement. There are a few for which the methods do not help, however even many of these people recommend the book for a better understanding of the condition and to help formulate questions and discussion with medical professionals.

Theracane

The Theracane Massager is a self treatment massage tool for use on those hard to reach areas on the neck, shoulders, back, hips and legs. If you are considering buying the book The Frozen Shoulder Workbook, you will need to buy the Theracane to use the treatment methods detailed in the book.

 

 

 

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