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Subscapularis – Functional Anatomy

Subscapularis The subscapularis muscle is thick with multiple bellies on the underside of the scapula. Its tendon is separated from the joint capsule by a bursa. It can be a key player in frozen shoulder and pitching restrictions. Origin: subscapular fossa Insertion: lesser tubercle of the humerus Function: stabilization of the humeral head, internal rotation of the …

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Teres Minor – Functional Anatomy

Teres minor is a rotator cuff muscle that extends along the back of the axilla. Origin – lateral border of the posterior scapular surface Insertion – Lower posterior greater tubercle of the humerus Function – stabilize and laterally rotate the head of the humerus. Seems to contract with the same timing and intensity as infraspinatus. …

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Supraspinatus – Functional Anatomy

Supraspinatus Supraspinatus is a rotator cuff muscle located on the superior aspect of the scapula. Origin: Supraspinous fossa Insertion: greater tubercle of the humerus Function: abduction of the humerus. Details vary from one study to another but it appears to pull the humerus into the fossa as it abducts and resists downward glide of the …

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Spot of pain behind shoulder

Client’s Description People complain of a spot of pain deep in the back of the shoulder. It often occurs after other shoulder pain, particularly after this trigger point, has been treated and released. It is a lingering pain that is hard to connect to an activity but often bothers them when I ask them to stretch  the …

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Pain along Shoulder Blade when Reaching Up or Back

Client’s Description People complain of pain along the inside of their shoulder-blade when reaching high above the head, to the back seat of the car or to adjust clothing behind the back.  They have usually adapted their movements to avoid taking that arm too far back. They will insert that arm first into a coat. …

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Pain Behind the Shoulder When Lifting Arm

Client’s Description When the trigger point is less advanced, people hold their arm out with the elbow away from their side,  reach around to touch the back of the shoulder behind the arm pit and say that it hurts there. If I ask if they can reproduce the pain, they cautiously rotate their hand back to …

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Unresolveable Tennis Elbow

Client’s Description People complain about tennis elbow that bothers them even though they’ve tried many different things around the elbow to get relief.  They usually don’t talk about the shoulder problem until asked. For tennis players, when asked, they will often reveal that the elbow pain is worse when serving as this muscle helps to lift …

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Shoulder Pain and Clicking While Grooming

Client’s Description People complain of pain in their shoulder when brushing their teeth, combing their hair, putting on make-up, shaving their face, etc. The pain is usually described as being achy and deep in the shoulder. Their primary complaint may also include pain while carrying something by their side like a suitcase or bucket. This trigger point usually doesn’t disturb …

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Shoulder pain when sleeping on your side

People complain of pain that disturbs their sleep when lying on the painful shoulder or on the opposite shoulder. It is a deeper pain than the illustration suggests. They have spent most of their time sleeping on that shoulder with that hand in front of them. It usually comes on gradually over months and eventually gets …

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