What pain and symptoms are associated with the supraspinatus muscle?
- Deep ache over the shoulder area which continues during rest
- Pain down the outside of the arm, occasionally extending down into the wrist
- 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.
Interesting facts about the supraspinatus:
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
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- 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
Help with Supraspinatus and Rotator Cuff Muscle Pain and Symptoms
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 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-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.
Ice Wrap For Shoulder Injury, Supraspinatus Rotator Cuff Muscles
Pro-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
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.
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.
Anatomy Study: Origin, Insertion, Action and Innervation of the Supraspinatus Muscle
Origin: Supraspinous fossa of scapula
Insertion: Superior facet of greater tubercle of humerus
Action: Abduction of arm and stabilizes humerus
Innervation: Suprascapular nerve (C5,6)
Blood Supply: Suprascapular artery from the thyrocervical trunk and the dorsal scapular artery
1. Abduction of the arm at the shoulder
- Agonists: Deltoid (middle fibers)
- Antagonists: Latissimus Dorsi, Pectoralis Major, Teres Major, Triceps Brachii (long head)