Neuropathy of n. suprascapularis

Authors: R. Orenčák 1;  S. Onušková 1;  A. Onuška 2;  M. Janičko 3;  Ž. Macejová
Authors‘ workplace: REHAPRO, Michalovce 1;  RDG s. r. o., Michalovce 2;  I. Interná klinika UNLP, Košice 3
Published in: Rehabil. fyz. Lék., 22, 2015, No. 2, pp. 80-84.
Category: Case Report


Prevalence of the shoulder pains joint in a common population varies between 7 and 26%. In is one of the most frequent pain localizations within the framework of locomotor apparatus diseases.

the introduction of a significantly underdiagnosed clinical unit – neuropathy of n. suprascapularis as a source of decreased functioning and painful afferentation in the shoulder joint and to refer to etiopathogenetic links in the origin of the damage.

Cohort and methods:
the case study of a 21 years old patient who developed neuropathy of n. suprascapularis through a traction mechanism.

diagnosis of the neuropathy of n. suprascapularis underwent a historical evolution. A diagnosis per exclusionem has been accepted for a long time. The development of diagnostic and imaging methods attached a greater importance to this clinic unit. Insufficient recognition of the cause of clinical symptoms resulted in failing therapeutic intervention on one hand and it could secondarily damage the patient in case of incorrectly indicated invasive therapeutic method son the other hand. Therefore, exact recognition of the causes of disease state was considered of primary importance, while invasive therapeutic interventions should follow only after a thorough differential diagnostic consideration.

occupational therapy, activities of daily living, functional abilities, prevocational rehabilitation, International Classification of Funkcioning, Disability and Health


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