Supraspinatus

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Supraspinatus Origin/Insertion

 

Supraspinatus

Origin: Supraspinous fossa (red)

Insertion: Greater tuberosity of the humerus (blue)

Actions: Abduction 
Stabilisation of the humerus

Innervation: Suprascapular nerve

Daily uses: Holding shopping bags away from the body


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Other muscles of the Rotator Cuff

Infraspinatus

Origin: Posterior surface of the scapula (below the spine of the scapula)
.

Insertion: Greater tuberosity on the humerus
.

Actions: Shoulder abduction, 
External rotation.

Innervation: Suprascapular nerve
.

Daily uses: Brushing hair.

Teres Minor

Origin: Mid section of the lateral border of the scapula

Insertion: Greater tuberosity on the humerus

Actions:External rotation, 
Shoulder adduction

Innervation: Axillary nerve

Daily uses: Brushing hair

Subscapularis

Origin: Anterior (costal) surface of the scapula

Insertion: Lesser tuberosity of the humerus

Actions: Internal rotation
, Adduction

Innervation: Upper and lower subscapular nerves

Daily uses: Tucking the back of your shirt into your trousers


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