+Donna Martin
Mar 262013

What symptoms and pain are associated with the Anconeus Muscle?

Pain is localized around the point of the elbow.  The anconeus is a significant contributor to tennis elbow.

Anconeus Muscle Pain

Anconeus pain is localized on the outside of the elbow.

Where Are The Anconeus Muscles Located?

The anconeus is a  small muscle that connects the humerus (bone in upper arm) to the ulna (bone in forearm located on the outside or pinky side of lower arm).

What Movements Does the Anconeus Control?

It extends (straightens) elbow.

Interesting Facts About The Aconeus Muscle:

  • The anconeus is a prime contributor to tennis elbow.
  • Some anatomists believe that the anconeus is part of the triceps brachii muscle and not a separate muscle.

Activities That Cause Pain and Symptoms of the Anconeus:

  • Forced and repetitive gripping of a large and/or wide object
  • Extreme sudden hard extension (straightening) of the elbow
  • Pushing a door closed
  • Rotating arm to shake hands
  • Golfing
  • Tennis
  • Rowing motions
The anconeus straightens the elbow.

You use the anconeus muscle when you straighten the elbow.

Clinical Diagnoses To Which This Muscle May Contribute:

  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis

Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the anconeus muscle:

Help with Anconeus Muscle Injury Pain

Sombra Warm Therapy Gel provides pain relief.

Warm Therapy Gel For Anconeus Elbow Injury and Arthritis Pain

For arthritic or chronic  arm, elbow and hand pain relieve I recommend Sombra Warm Therapy Pain Relieving Gel. Sombra provides warmth without burning and is better at relieving pain than other over the counter pain creams. To relieve anconeus muscle pain apply Sombra all around the elbow and down into the forearm. Suggestion: Buy the cream in the jar. It has been noted that the roll on applicator does not work well.

Cold Therapy Gel For Anconeus Arm, Elbow and Hand Injury Pain
Biofreeze is recommended for recent muscle injury
Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is a cold therapy gel that provides pain relieve for new injuries and is great as a maintenance treatment for over use and repetitive use injuries such as tennis elbow.  Cold therapy should be used on new and recent injuries instead of heat as it cools the area much like ice and does not promote swelling. A recent study showed that Biofreeze decreased pain 2 times more than ice and the pain relief lasts 9 – 10 longer. Many arthritis suffers like to use Biofreeze on swollen painful joints. For a recent elbow injury rub Biofreeze all around the elbow and down into the forearm.

Hot / Cold Wrap For Elbow Pain and Anconeus Muscle Injury

ActiveWrap Hot Cold Therapy Elbow WrapActiveWrap Hot Cold Elbow Wrap is great for tennis elbow and other elbow related injuries. The wrap has freeze and microwave safe inserts that can be adjusted for targeted treatment. The wrap can also be used without inserts to provide light support and keep the elbow joint warm. A great wrap for tennis players, golfers, and athletes who throw balls to have on hand for easy hot or cold therapy treatment.


Recommended Braces and Support For Anconeus Muscles: Helps Relieve Tennis Elbow Pain

If you have tried other elbow braces and have not found relieve from pain or mobility issues I recommend that you try the The Professional Choice Elbow Brace provides support and warmth to relieve pain caused by the triceps muscle.Professional’s Choice Full Elbow Support. It is a heavy duty adjustable brace that provides support and warmth without restricting movement. There are cut outs in the bend of the elbow and thinner support at the point of the elbow to allow comfortable movement.  I have two friends that regularly wear this support to play golf and they report it does not interfere with their swing.  I use this brace and it provides support and pain relief without binding. The neoprene material also radiates your body heat back into the muscles to provide soothing warmth which also helps with freer movement. Highly recommended for those suffering with tennis or golfer’s elbow. Purchase Information for Professional’s Choice Full Elbow Support.

Proband Bandit Therapeutic Forearm Band

Proband Magnetic Forearm Band relieves golfer's and tennis elbow pain
I have several friends that use therapeutic bands, but personally I had not ever experienced much pain relief from the bands until a friend let me borrow the Proband Bandit Magnetic Forearm BandFor the first time I can recommend a band that worked for me. The magnetic plates are encased in soft plastic lined with neoprene. The band does not restrict circulation and is very comfortable to wear for hours at a time. The band helps with anconeus injury, tennis elbow as well as helps the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. Once the band is in place the pain relief is usually felt within minutes and if left in place, you will find your pain is almost eliminated. If you are suffering with elbow pain, give the Proband a try.

Self Treatment For Anconeus Muscle Shoulder, Elbow, Hand Pain

Do you know that small knots in the anconeus muscle can contribute to pain in the elbow that makes it painful to straighten the arm?  
The Trigger Point Workbook can help you resolve muscle pain throughout your body.
If this pain pattern sounds familiar  I  recommend that you purchase Claire Davies  The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief. Mr. Davies explains the trigger point phenomenon and muscle pain in everyday language.  But what makes this book worth its weight in gold are the individual muscle trigger point treatments that Davies has compiled. His diagrams and step by step instructions help you locate which muscles are contributing to your pain,  how to find the trigger point and treat it. He also provides stretching and strengthening exercises for each muscle.  It takes time and practice to master finding trigger points, but once you learn you have a tool and method to help relieve muscle pain throughout the body.  If you have unresolved elbow, forearm pain and find it difficult to straighten the elbow without pain it maybe trigger points in the anconeus muscles. Deactivating trigger points can reduce or eliminate this pain. This book is a must have for anyone interested in finding the cause and treating muscle pain.

Anatomy Study: Origin, Insertion, Action, Blood Supply and Innervation of the Anconeus Muscle

Origin: Posterior aspect of the lateral epicondyle of humerus.
Insertion: Lateral aspect the olecranon process extending to the lateral surface of the ulna body.
Action: Extension of the elbow
Blood Supply: Profunda brachii artery from the brachial artery
Innervation: C7-8, Radial Nerve

Primary Actions: The anconeus does not have a primary action

Secondary Actions: Extension of the forearm at the elbow

  • Agonists: Triceps Brachii (long, lateral, and medial heads)
  • Antagonists: Biceps Brachii, Brachialis, Brachioradialis

 March 26, 2013  Posted by  Arm Muscles Tagged with: , , ,

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