The supraspinatus muscle is one of the most common troublemakers when it comes to shoulder pain.
It belongs to the rotator cuff group.
People that often stress this muscle too much are painters, rock climbers, piano and violin players.
In a nutshell, people that work with elevated arms for prolonged periods of time.
Of course, other people may overload this muscle, too. So, if you have pain in your shoulder, make sure have a look at it.
If the supraspinatus contains active trigger points, you might experience local pain in the shoulder, right at these points.
But you also might feel an ache in more distant, seemingly unrelated areas.
The most classic pain pattern is pain at the side of the shoulder.
Besides that, pain can radiate down the entire side of the arm – especially to the 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 color in the pictures indicates how common it is to feel pain in the respective area.
The darker the red, the likelier it is to experience pain if the supraspinatus contains active trigger points.
Trigger points in this muscle can cause pain during 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 need to lift your arm.