Suprascapular nerve entrapment at the spinoglenoid notch in a professional baseball pitcher

Saved in:
Bibliographic Details
Title translated into German:Einklemmung des N. suprascapularis in der Incisura scapulae bei einem professionellen Baseball-Werfer
Author:Cummins, C.A.; Bowen, M.; Anderson, K.; Messer, T.
Published in:The American journal of sports medicine
Published:27 (1999), 6 , S. 810-812, Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Journal article
Media type: Print resource
ISSN:0363-5465, 1552-3365
Online Access:
Identification number:PU199912404637

Author's abstract

Suprascapular nerve injuries at the spinoglenoid notch are uncommon. The true incidence of this lesion is unknown; however, it appears to be more common in athletes who participate in sports involving overhead activities. When a patient is being evaluated for posterior shoulder pain and infraspinatus muscle weakness, electrodiagnostic studies are an essential part of the evaluation. Electromyography will identify an injury to the suprascapular nerve as well as assist in localizing the site of injury. In addition, imaging studies are also indicated to help exclude other diagnoses that can mimic a suprascapular nerve injury. The initial management should consist of cessation of the aggravating activity along with an organized shoulder rehabilitation program. If the patient fails to improve with 6 months to 1 year of nonoperative management, surgical exploration of the suprascapular nerve should be considered. Release of the spinoglenoid ligament with resultant suprascapular nerve decompression may result in relief of pain and a return of normal shoulder function. Verf.-Referat