What is suprascapular nerve entrapment?
The suprascapular nerve arises from the middle of the cervical spine and innervates the supraspinatus and infraspinatus muscles of the rotator cuff. This nerve provides both motor and sensory information to these muscles in order to stabilize arm movements that occur at the shoulder joint. Suprascapular nerve entrapment, also known as suprascapular neuropathy, is a condition that results from impingement or damage to the suprascapular nerve. Conditions that are associated with suprascapular neuropathy include: rotator cuff tears, shoulder dislocation, fractured scapula fractures (shoulder blade), clavicle (collarbone) fractures, nerve stretch injuries, direct shoulder trauma, stab wounds and gunshot injuries. The patient with suprascapular nerve entrapment usually presents with shoulder pain and weakness. The signs of suprascapular neuropathy overlap with other more common shoulder conditions; this rare condition can often be overlooked or misdiagnosed. If suprascapular nerve entrapment is suspected, it is important to seek immediate medical attention from a medical professional or orthopedic shoulder specialist to prevent further damage to the suprascapular nerve. Dr. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic shoulder specialist serving patients in Manhattan, New York City, and the surrounding New York boroughs, has the knowledge and understanding, as well as substantial experience, in treating patients who have experienced suprascapular nerve entrapment.