The supraspinatus muscle is one of the most common trouble makers when it comes to shoulder pain.
It is a member of the rotator cuff group.
People that often stress this muscle a lot are painters, rock climbers, piano and violin players.
To cut it short, people that have to work with elevated arms for prolonged periods of time.
Of course other people may overload this muscle to. So if you have pain in your shoulder, make sure to check it.
If your supraspinatus contains trigger points, you might feel pain right at these spots.
But you also might feel an ache in more distant, seemingly unrelated areas of your body.
The most common area of pain which comes along with trigger points in this muscle is the side of your shoulder.
Beside that, pain can radiate down the whole side of your arm – especially to your elbow –.
This way it can contribute to the following aches. Click on the corresponding link to learn how to get yourself out of pain.
The intensity of the red colour in the picture indicates how common it is to feel pain in the marked spots.
The darker the red, the likelier it is to experience an ache in the respective area when your supraspinatus contains trigger points.
Stress this muscle too much and it may give you pain while doing some of the following movements.
Please remember that those are just examples and do not display a complete list.
In general, you may have problems with all movements that require lifting your arm at and above shoulder level.
In more dramatic cases it may be even difficult to elevate your arm at all.
Here are some common movements and activities where you have to lift your arm.