Rapid Review: Rotator Cuff Muscles

January 11, 2018

Reviewed February 2024

Rotator Cuff Impingement and Tear

  • Supraspinatus (abduction)
  • Infraspinatus (external rotation)
  • Teres minor (external rotation)
  • Subscapularis (internal rotation)
  • Pain with brushing hair or teeth
  • Pain at night when rolling onto shoulder
  • Baseball pitchers

Sample question:

Which muscle is most commonly involved with rotator cuff injuries?

By Yehuda Wolf, MPA, PA-C

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