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JAAPA. 2014 Feb;27(2):33-5. doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000442701.87975.42.

Infraspinatus muscle atrophy from suprascapular nerve compression.

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Christopher B. Cordova practices orthopedics at Keller Army Community Hospital in West Point, N.Y. Brett D. Owens is a professor of surgery (orthopedics) for the John A. Feagin Jr. Sports Medicine Fellowship, and chief of orthopedic surgery at Keller Army Community Hospital. The authors have indicated no relationships to disclose relating to the content of this article.


Muscle weakness without pain may signal a nerve compression injury. Because these injuries should be identified and treated early to prevent permanent muscle weakness and atrophy, providers should consider suprascapular nerve compression in patients with shoulder muscle weakness.

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