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Serratus Posterior Superior Anatomy: Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

Serratus Posterior Superior Anatomy Study: Origin, Insertion, Action and Innervation

Serratus Posterior Superior Anatomy
Origin: Lower part of the nuchal ligament and the spinous processes of the vertebrae C7 through T3 and their corresponding supraspinous ligaments
Insertion: Superior borders and external surfaces of the second to fifth ribs, lateral to their angles
Action: Elevate the ribs which aids in inspiration
Innervation: Ventral rami of T1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Blood Supply: Superior intercostal artery

Synergist: Intercostal, Scalenes

For Pain and Symptom Information See:  Serratus Posterior Superior Muscle Breathing Difficulty

Primary Action of the Serratus Posterior Superior:

1. Forced inspiration

  • Agonists: , Levatores costarum brevis and longi
  • Antagonists: Serratus posterior superior, Transversus  abdominis

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