Rotator cuff (mnemonic)

Dr Dai Roberts and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Mnemonics to recall the muscles of the rotator cuff are:

  • SITS
  • TISS


With 'SITS', recalling this order also helps remember the insertions of these muscles, with the order being superior, middle, and inferior facets of the greater tubercle of the humerus for supraspinatus, infraspinatus and teres minor respectively and the lesser tubercle of the humerus for subscapularis. 

With 'TISS', the order of the mnemonic is posterior to anterior.

Article information

rID: 23176
Section: Mnemonics, Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • SITS (mnemonic)

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: normal shoulder arthrogram
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