Shoulderdoc - Patient information and professional educational material on shoulder and elbow problems
For Treatment or More Information:
info@shoulderdoc.co.uk
01625 545071/2/3
Back Home Up Search

Shoulder Anatomy

Shoulderdoc
Patient Information
Shoulder
Shoulder Anatomy
Shoulder Muscles sectionShoulder Muscles
Shoulder AnatomyShoulder Anatomy
Bones & Joints of the ShoulderBones & Joints of the Shoulder
Shoulder LigamentsShoulder Ligaments
Shoulder TendonsShoulder Tendons
Nerves of the ShoulderNerves of the Shoulder
Shoulder BursaeShoulder Bursae
Glenoid LabrumGlenoid Labrum



Google Shoulderdoc
[ Advanced Search ]

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

ShoulderDoc.co.uk satisfies the INTUTE criteria for quality and has been awarded 'editor's choice'.



   >>Website last updated: 17 December 2014


Sitemap Sitemap   Print page Print   advanced searchSearch   email articleEmail

Shoulder Tendons

tendons are extensions of muscles that attach muscles to bone. Muscles move the bones by pulling on the tendons.


Rotator Cuff

The rotator cuff tendons are a group of four tendons that connect the deepest layer of muscles to the humerus.  They are the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles.
These are (from front to back):

  1. subscapularis
  2. supraspinatus
  3. infraspinatus
  4. teres minor


The supraspinatus is the most commonly affected tendon, both by overuse and trauma. It is the muscle that lifts your arm out to the side (a very important movement for most daily taks). Injury to the tendon can result in a Rotator Cuff Tear. Overuse can lead to Subacromial Impingement.


Biceps tendons

The biceps muscle has two tendons at the shoulder, called the Long Head and Short Head.


The Long Head of Biceps (LHB) is a very important tendon that travels through the shoulder joint (glenohumeral joint). The biceps tendon begins at the top of the shoulder socket (the glenoid) and then passes across the front of the shoulder to connect to the biceps muscle. (The biceps is the muscle that weightlifters are always showing off). 

The LHB is a common source of shoulder pain and can rupture. Click Here for more.



The most posterior muscle and tendon of the rotator cuff. Externally rotates the shoulder in abduction.
a structure (tissue) that attaches a muscle to a bone. When a tendon becomes inflamed, the condition is referred to as tendinitis or tendonitis.
a structure (tissue) that attaches a muscle to a bone. When a tendon becomes inflamed, the condition is referred to as tendinitis or tendonitis.
Top muscle and tendon of the rotator cuff. Abducts the arm. It is the tendon that is most often torn.
The most anterior muscle and tendon of the rotator cuff. Internally rotates the shoulder.
muscle and tendon of the rotator cuff. Externally rotates the arm. Lies between supraspinatus and teres minor.
bone of the upper arm - connecting the shoulder to the elbow


Print page Print page    email article Email article

Bookmark this page:

  • del.icio.us
  • digg.com
  • furl.net
  • google
  • ma.gnolia.com
  • netvouz.com
  • newsvine.com
  • netscape
  • reddit.com
  • simpy.com
  • spurl.net
  • stumbleupon
  • technorati.com
  • yahoo


Tags: No tags defined for this article. [View tag cloud]

Related Articles

Shoulder Anatomy
The shoulder is one of the most sophisticated and complicated joints of the body: ...
10/06/2012 04:55:40
Read more...

Shoulder Bursae
Sandwiched between the rotator cuff muscles and the outer layer of large bulky muscles is...
16/10/2011 17:09:00
Read more...

Nerves of the Shoulder
All of the nerves that travel down the arm pass through the axilla (the armpit) just un...
30/11/2010 22:59:40
Read more...

Bones & Joints of the Shoulder
The bones of the shoulder consist of the humerus (the upper arm bone), the scapula ...
30/11/2010 14:26:32
Read more...

Glenoid Labrum
The shoulder joint is considered a 'ball and socket' joint, however, the 'socket' (the gl...
20/08/2010 12:59:38
Read more...

Shoulder Ligaments
Ligaments are soft tissue structures that connect bones to bones. There are several impor...
19/08/2010 11:25:34
Read more...

Creative Commons Licence The material on this website is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between ourselves and our patients. Full Disclaimer
Manchester Arm Clinic Shoulder fellowships Shoulder Scan Wrightington Upper Limb Unit
  Shoulderdoc.co.uk Website by Blackbox E-Marketing