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Shoulder Pain

Supraspinatus tendonitis, also called painful arc syndrome, is an inflammation of the supraspinatus muscle that is found in the shoulder region. The ‘rotator cuff’ muscles are four small muscles found in the shoulder joint. These muscles aid in the movement and stability of the shoulder, though their tendons hold the head of the humerus in position within the joint capsule. One of these tendons – the supraspinatus, impinges on the bone that forms the tip of the shoulder (acromion) as it passes between the head of the humerus and the acromion. The supraspinatus muscles are helpful in the abduction of the arm, which is moving it away from the side of your body up to your head. Found between the supraspinatus tendon and the acromion is a fluid-filled sac known as subacromial bursa which reduces friction between the two structures.

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