What pain and symptoms are associated with the biceps brachii muscles?
- 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
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.
Clinical diagnoses to which the biceps brachii muscle symptoms may contribute:
- Bicipital tendinitis
- Subdeltoid bursitis
- C5 or C6 radiculopathy
- Shoulder pointer
Interesting facts about the biceps brachii muscles:
Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the biceps brachii muscles:
Affected Organ System: Respiratory System
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 Treatment Shoulder, Upper Arm, and Elbow 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, front of the upper arm and elbow.
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.
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.
Hot and Cold Shoulder 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.
Excellent Elbow Brace For Elbow Pain and Weakness
If you have tried other elbow braces and have not found relieve from pain or mobility issues I recommend that you try the 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 myself and highly recommend it. The brace does not bind or bunch up and it 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 from elbow pain and weakness.
If it is not available in the previous link, this equestrian store keeps the brace in stock: Professional’s Choice Full Elbow Support.
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
Self Massage Treatment For Bicep Brachii Shoulder, Elbow Pain
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.