Suprascapular Nerve Entrapment: Upper Extremity

  • Christopher J. BurnettEmail author
  • Helen W. Karl


The suprascapular nerve is an under-recognized cause of aching upper arm pain and weakness. A clinician who does not know of the suprascapular entrapment syndrome is unlikely to identify the nerve pathology. Repetitive movements, carrying heavy loads, and stretch injuries can cause injury to the suprascapular nerve.


Suprascapular neuralgia Suprascapular nerve entrapment Upper arm pain 

Supplementary material

Video 34.1

Physical exam of the suprascapular nerve (MOV 38715 kb)

Video 34.2

Landmark-guided injection of the suprascapular nerve (MOV 50569 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pain Management Division, Department of AnesthesiologyBaylor Scott and White Memorial HospitalTempleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anesthesiology and Pain MedicineUniversity of Washington, Seattle Children’s HospitalSeattleUSA

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