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Biceps Brachii Muscle: Shoulder, Elbow Pain

Biceps Brachii Pain Pattern

Pain in the shoulder, crease of the elbow and weakness in the arm are signs of bicep brachii dysfunction.

  • Pain in the front of the shoulder
  • Pain in the crease of the elbow
  • Weakness in the arm
  • Difficulty straightening arm with palm facing down
  • Pain at the top of the back of the shoulder (between the neck and shoulder joint)
  • Unless there is a recent injury to the biceps muscle, pain is seldom felt directly in the muscle

Where are the biceps brachii muscles?

The biceps brachii is a two-headed muscle which connects the shoulder blade and the upper arm to the elbow. The muscle is found in the front of the upper arm.

What movements do the biceps brachii muscles control?

  • Bends the arm at the elbow
  • Rotates the arm so the palm is facing up
  • Assists in raising the arm at the shoulder

Activities that cause biceps brachii pain and symptoms:

  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Chin ups, Pull ups
  • Playing the violin
  • Repetitive twisting of the arm with the elbow bent, ie. using a screwdriver
  • The most important function of the biceps brachii is it allows us to carry objects and not pull the shoulder joint apart.
  • Violinists and cellists often have problems and pain in the biceps.

Interesting facts about the biceps brachii:

  • The most important function of the biceps brachii is it allows us to carry objects and not pull the shoulder joint apart.
  • Violinists and cellists often have problems and pain in the biceps.

Clinical diagnoses to which the biceps brachii muscle symptoms may contribute:

  • Bicipital tendinitis
  • Subdeltoid bursitis
  • C5 or C6 radiculopathy
  • Shoulder pointer
Biceps Brachii Muscle

You use the biceps brachii muscle when you lift something, rotate your arm, bend your elbow and raise your arm.

Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the biceps brachii muscles:

Satellite Trigger Points:  Supinator, Brachialis, Triceps Brachii, Anterior Deltoid, Supraspinatus, Upper Trapezius, Coracobrachialis

For detailed anatomy see: Biceps Brachii Anatomy Study


Help with Bicep Brachii Muscle Pain

Cold Therapy Gel For Extensor Arm, Elbow, and Hand Injury Pain

Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is a cold therapy gel that provides pain relief for new soft tissue injuries and is excellent as a maintenance treatment for overuse injuries.  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. If you have recently injured the biceps brachii muscle or have unexplained pain that has just started in the shoulder, upper arm, and elbow, use Biofreeze. Rub the gel into the shoulder, the front of the upper arm and elbow.

Biofreeze is recommended for recent muscle injury

Ice Wrap For Shoulder, Upper Arm, and Elbow Injury

The Pro-Ice Shoulder and Elbow Cold Therapy Wrap is great for shoulder injuries involving the biceps, triceps, and rotator cuff muscles. The wrap not only provides cold therapy for the shoulder, but it also extends down the arm providing relieve for upper arm and elbow pain. This  should be in the freezer of every ball player for quick treatment of  overuse injuries and preventative maintenance.

Shoulder and Elbow Ice Wrap For Tricep Injury

Hot and Cold Shoulder and Upper Arm Therapy Wrap

Elasto-Gel Hot Cold Wrap works well for those who need a wrap that provides both heat and cold therapy. This is a great wrap for people suffering from shoulder arthritis pain. Heat and cold can both help relieve symptoms of biceps brachii strain, frozen shoulder and rotator cuff muscle pain. The wrap is gel which allows it to mold to the chest, shoulder, and upper arm comfortably.

Available in two sizes: Small Hot Cold Shoulder Wrap and Large / XLarge Hot Cold Shoulder Wrap

Elasto Shoulder Wrap

Warm Therapy for Post Injury Chronic Shoulder and Elbow Pain

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 to the shoulder, upper arm and elbow to ease bicep brachii muscle 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.

Sombra Warm Therapy Gel provides pain relief.

Full Arm Compression Sleeve for Biceps Brachii Upper Arm and Elbow 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 upper arm, elbow, forearm and wrist pain. The sleeves are worn by athletes as well as people whose jobs require repetitive lifting and bending / straightening the elbow. Compression 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 provided on the sales page. Two sleeves per package

Arm Compression Sleeves

Self Massage Treatment For Bicep Brachii Shoulder, Elbow Pain

Do you know that small "knots" or other dysfunction in the biceps brachii muscle can contribute to pain from the shoulder to the elbow and make it difficult to fully straighten your arm?

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.  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. 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 shoulder, arm and elbow pain  it may be trigger points in the biceps brachii 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.

The Trigger Point Workbook can help you resolve muscle pain throughout your body.

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