Myofascial problems in the teres minor muscle can mimic bursitis and shoulder pain.
The teres minor is a small muscle that teams up with three other muscles – infraspinatus, supraspinatus, subscapularis – to form the rotator cuff.
Common people that suffer are the ones that also suffer from problems in the infraspinatus. These include, but are not limited to
Trigger points in the teres minor can trigger pain right at their location, but also refer pain to other, more distant parts of the body.
If the teres minor contains active trigger points, it will mainly trigger pain at the side of the shoulder. Besides that, pain can radiate slightly into the backside of the arm.
The darker the red, the likelier it is to feel pain in the respective area when the teres minor contains active trigger points.
As this muscle supports the infraspinatus you will understand that trigger points or excessive muscle tension in this muscle will affect the same movements.
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In general, the movements that will cause pain or that may be impaired are the ones where you rotate the shoulder outwards/laterally and reach backwards – like putting on your jacket -.