Written by Oliver Jones

Last updated January 26, 2024 • 7 Revisions •

The supraspinatus is an intrinsic muscle of the shoulder region. It is part of the rotator cuff muscle group.

  • Attachments: Originates from the supraspinous fossa of the scapula and attaches to the greater tubercle of the humerus.
  • Actions: Abduction of the upper limb at the shoulder. It performs the first 0-15o of abduction, and assists the deltoid muscle for 15-90o
  • Innervation: Suprascapular nerve.
  • Blood supply: Suprascapular artery

Fig 1
The rotator cuff muscles, which act to stabilise the shoulder joint.

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