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What causes pain in the subscapularis muscle of the shoulder?

Kristofer J. Jones, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
If your doctor determines a positive result in either the belly press test or the lift-off test, your shoulder pain may be coming from the subscapularis muscle -- the rotator cuff muscle responsible for the internal rotation of the shoulder. The pain may be caused by tendinitis or a tear.

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