Suprascapular Nerve Injury

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  Suprascapular Nerve Injury

Credits: 1.00   Post-Assessment Questions:  2

Release Date: 5 Oct 2020
Expiration Date: 13 Nov 2021
Last Reviewed: 13 Nov 2020
Estimated Time To Finish: 60 Minutes

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Activity Description

There is increasing interest in the literature regarding the clinical delineation of suprascapular nerve (SSN) injuries. While the underlying etiology of SSN neuropathy remains elusive, multiple compression, traction, and inflammatory pathophysiologic cascades have been previously considered. The latter are often readily grouped with other clinical manifestations of SSN dysfunction and inevitably become labeled as idiopathic. The anatomically tortuous course of the SSN predisposes it to direct mechanical compression at the suprascapular and spinoglenoid notches. Moreover, anatomic variations along the nerve's course, as well as occupational or athletic overuse conditions, can predispose the SSN to varying degrees of dysfunction. This activity highlights the role of the interprofessional team in the diagnosis and management of SSN injuries.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the etiology of suprascapular nerve injuries.
  • Review the diagnosis of suprascapular nerve injury.
  • Outline the treatment for suprascapular nerve injury.

Author(s) / Contributors Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Each author, editor, faculty and planning committee member have completed a disclosure form indicating that neither they nor their spouse/partner has a financial interest/arrangement or affiliation that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of this activity.

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Authors: Christopher Reece, Matthew Varacallo
Editors: Adam Susmarski
Editors-In-Chief: Gregory PlaugherMark Pellegrini
Chief Medical Reviewer: Dominic Marino
Nurse Planner/Reviewer/Editor: Lisa Haddad
Nurse Planner/Reviewer/Editor: Bernadette Makar
Nurse Planner/Reviewer/Editor: Dorothy Caputo
Pharmacy Planner/Reviewer/Editor: Mark Pellegrini
Physician Planner/Reviewer/Editor: Scott Dulebohn

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, and StatPearls, LLC. The Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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  3. Complete the entire self-study activity.
  4. Complete the post-test assessments.
  5. Successfully pass the post-test with a minimum score of 100%.
  6. Complete the evaluation form.
  7. Obtain a certificate.


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The contributors and editors of StatPearls have attested that all associated media (images and video) have been legally cleared for use with this activity.  All copyrights are reserved.

  • Name: 'Figure 1 - Suprascapular nerve at the suprascapular notch.jpg' Attribution: Contributed by Matthew Varacallo, MD.
  • Name: 'Image 4 - Infraspinatus Atrophy with Teres Minor (Credit - Hager, PMR, USUHS).jpg' Attribution: Credit: Nelson Hager, MD, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, USUHS
  • Name: 'SSNB (Credit - Helm, PMR, Pitt).mp4' Attribution: Credit: Eric Helm MD, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Name: 'Suprascapular Nerve Injury U.S..png' Attribution: Contributed by Peck E, Strakowski JA. Ultrasound evaluation of focal neuropathies in athletes: a clinically focused review. Br J Sports Med. 2015;49:166-175.

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