Subscapularis

  • The subscapularis (Latin: musculus subscapularis) is a large flat, triangular muscle of the shoulder girdle. It is the largest and most powerful of the rotator cuff muscles.

    Origin

    The subscapularis originates from the subscapular fossa on the costal surface of the scapula.

    Insertion

    The subscapularis fills the subscapular fossa, passes laterally upwards and inserts to the lesser tubercle of the humerus.

    Action

    The subscapularis muscle stabilizes the glenohumeral joint and provides adduction and internal rotation of the upper arm.

    Innervation

    The subscapularis is innervated by the subscapular nerve (C5 - C6).

    Blood supply

    The arterial blood supply to the subscapularis muscle is provided mostly by the subscapular, suprascapular and circumflex scapular arteries.