Mar 262013
 

What symptoms and pain are associated with the Anconeus Muscle?

  • Pain is localized toward the outside and around the point of the elbow
Anconeus Pain Pattern

Anconeus pain is localized on the outside of the elbow.

Where is The Anconeus Muscle Located?

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

What Movements Does the Anconeus Control?

It straightens elbow.

Interesting Facts About The Anconeus 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 (non-dominate arm)
  • Tennis (dominant arm)
  • Rowing motions
The anconeus straightens the elbow.

You use the anconeus muscle when you straighten the elbow.

Clinical Diagnoses To Which The Anconeus Muscle May Contribute:

  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • C6 or C7 radiculopathy

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

For detailed anatomy information see: Anconeus Anatomy


Help with Anconeus Muscle Injury Pain

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 relief for new injuries and is great as a maintenance treatment for overuse and repetitive use injuries such as tennis elbow.  Cold therapy should be used for 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.
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 Elbow / Wrist Ice Wrap For Cold Treatment and Compression

The Elite-Kold Wrist and Elbow Ice Wrap is a good choice for anconeus pain. I like this wrap because it can be used  for the elbow and forearm treatment then repositioned for the wrist for wrist and base of the thumb pain. A word of advice: Do not leave in the freezer as the packs tend to freeze solid which makes it impossible to mold to your arm. Despite this, I still recommend this brace for cold treatment to the elbow and wrist. For additional pain relief rub the area with BioFreeze five minutes before applying the wrap for extended treatment and pain relief.

Warm Therapy Gel For Anconeus Elbow Injury and Arthritis Pain

Sombra Warm Therapy Gel provides pain relief.

Sombra Warm Therapy Pain Relieving Gel is a pain relieving gel that I use both personally and professionally in my massage therapy practice. It provides warmth without burning heat unlike other heating creams and gels.  It works well for post-injury pain and stiffness as well as chronic arthritis pain as it can be applied several times a day. Apply Sombra all around the elbow to ease the pain. NOTE: Do not use Sombra Warming Gel when using ice packs or heat packs as there is a risk of blistering the skin.  For the most effective treatment, apply 5 to 10 minutes before putting on a brace or sleeve.

Excellent Elbow Brace For Tennis Elbow and Golf Elbow

If you have tried other elbow braces and have not found relief from pain or mobility issues I recommend that you try the Professional’s Choice Full Elbow SupportThe Professional Choice Elbow Brace provides support and warmth to relieve pain caused by the triceps muscle.. 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 myself and highly recommend it. The brace does not bind or bunch up and provides just the right amount of compression to keep the pain away. The neoprene material also radiates your body heat back into the muscles to provide soothing warmth which also helps with mobility. Highly recommended for those suffering with tennis or golfer’s elbow.

If it is not available in the previous link, this equestrian store keeps the brace in stock: Professional’s Choice Full Elbow Support.

Compression Sleeves for Anconeus Muscle Pain

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Support and Light Compression Sleeve For Elbow Pain

For post injury treatment or for those who suffer from chronic pain due to the anconeus muscle the McDavid Elastic Elbow Sleeve will help by providing light support, as well as gentle compression to the muscle.  Pull the sleeve up just to the top of the elbow joint which will allow the sleeve to cover the entire muscle. The sleeve can be used as a maintenance treatment  those who play tennis and golf as well as construction workers who use tight grips with wrist and elbow twisting motions.

For correct size measure around elbow: Small 8-9 1/2″  Medium 9 1/2 – 11″ Large 11 – 12 ” Xlarge 12 – 14″

Arm Compression Sleeves

Full Arm Compression Sleeve for Elbow, Forearm and Wrist Pain 

The CompressionZ Compression Arm Sleeves are for those who want or need more support for muscle injury, muscle recovery or lymphedema. The sleeves work well for those who have chronic elbow, forearm and wrist pain due to repetitive motions. The sleeves are worn by athletes as well as people whose jobs require repetitive twisting motions of the arm, elbow and wrist. The sleeves are available in 3 sizes and a variety of colors. Be sure to read the size chart and follow the instructions to ensure proper fit.  Two sleeves per package

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BandIT Therapeutic Forearm Band: Compression Band for Tennis Elbow, Golf Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Repetitive Stress Injuries

The BandIT Forearm Band is worn by many professional athletes to prevent and relieve muscle pain caused by repetitive motions of the elbow and wrist. The BandIT uses selective pressure on the forearm muscles without cutting off circulation, limiting range of motion or causing swelling around the band. Though I do not recommend this as a treatment or for long term wear, the BandIT can help relieve pain for athletes to help get through a game. It is also worn by those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome that need pain relieve while typing to make a deadline. Read and follow the enclosed instructions for temporary relief from forearm, wrist, hand and finger pain.

Self Treatment For Anconeus Muscle Elbow Pain

Do you know that small “knots” and other dysfunction in the anconeus muscle can contribute to pain in the elbow that makes it painful to straighten the elbow?  The anconeus muscle plays a major role in tennis elbow pain. 
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 pain and find it difficult to straighten the elbow without pain it may be 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.

 

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