The smallest muscle in the rotator cuff and the one commonly injured!

The supraspinatus begins at the supraspinous fossa of the scapula and ends at the greater tubercle of the humerus (top of the shoulder). It’s nerve supply comes from your neck (C5/C6), indicating that a shoulder issue can more than likely be arising from a misaligned neck!

The muscle allows the shoulder to raise the arm from the side (abduct), and assists in the stabilisation, control and movement of the shoulder, ensuring it does not dislocate.

Usually, the supraspinatus is at higher risk of a tear when there is a HISTORY of trauma, consistent USE of the dominant arm or AGE – al these can lead to an accumulation of micro-tears or macro-tears within the muscle. But it can also be caused by an injury, like lifting something too heavy or falling on an outstretched arm!

Some symptoms may include:

  • Pain when lifting or lowering the arm

  • Pain at rest

  • Limited range of motion in the shoulder

  • Weakness

  • Instability

Chiropractors deal with shoulder problems, directly at the joint but also to associated areas of the spine and body to increase the nerve function to the muscle. At Align Chiropractic, we do specific muscle testing, nerve testing and orthopedic testing to isolate exactly where the dysfunction lies and how to treat it accordingly.

If you or someone you know is suffering from these symptoms, CLICK HERE to book in for an appointment!

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