The supraspinatus muscle travels along the upper part of the shoulder blade and inserts through the tendon at the top region of the arm bone. It is important to note that it is one of the rotator cuff muscles.
The muscle is utilized to lift the arm sideways and vital in throwing activities since it holds the arm in the shoulder as the object being thrown is released. If an individual fall onto his/her shoulder, it can damage the muscle. Additionally, an individual is prone to the injury if the shoulder is overly used, especially if the arm is at or above shoulder level.
What are the indications?
The indications of supraspinatus inflammation include the following:
- Pain and weakness if the arm is raised up sideways. This is aggravated through a 60-degree arc during the middle phase of movement.
- Discomfort and tenderness at the anterior and interior of the upper arm in which the tendon is linked to the arm bone when pressed.
- When differentiating amidst a tendon or bursa injury, it is likely for pain to occur sideways movement of the arm against resistance with a damaged tendon
The individual should take time to rest until the pain has fully settled. It is vital to continue with mobility exercises if there is no pain to maintain the range of movement of the shoulder. You should apply an ice pack initially to alleviate the pain and inflammation.
The doctor might provide anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen. A rehabilitation program is started later which includes stretching, mobility and strengthening exercises.
The individual can resume with modified training within 1-3 weeks. If training is started soon or not properly treated, it can become chronic and cause more serious issues.
Quick Note / Disclaimer
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