+Donna Martin
Dec 282012

What symptoms and pain are associated with the coracobrachialis muscle?

Coracobrachialis Pain Patterns

The coracobrachialis muscle contributes to pain in the upper arm, shoulder, elbow, and lower arm extending into the hand.

  • Pain in the back of the upper arm
  • Pain in the front of the upper arm around the shoulder  joint
  • Pain in the back of the lower arm
  • Pain in the back of the hand extending down into the middle finger
  • Difficulty  bending the elbow
  • Pain when putting arm and hand behind the back
  • Pain when raising arm overhead

Where is the coracobrachialis muscle?

The coracobrachialis lies toward the inside of the arm and attaches the front of the shoulder to the upper arm.

What movements does the coracobrachialis muscle control?

  • Pulls the arm in toward the body
  • Raises arm to the front

Activities that cause coracobrachialis pain and symptoms:

  • Push ups
  • Rock or rope climbing
  • Throwing a ball
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Lifting heavy weights with outstretched arms and palms facing up

Interesting Facts About The Coracobrachialis Muscle:

The coracobrachialis resists frontal shoulder dislocation.

Clinical diagnoses to which this muscle symptoms may contribute:

Coracobrachialis Muscle is found in the front of the upper arm.

You use the coracobrachialis muscle when you move your arm across the front of your body.

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Adhesive capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
  • Shoulder pointer
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Bicipital tendinitis
  • Subacromial bursitis
  • Supraspinatus Tendinitis
  • Acromioclavicular joint dysfunction
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Sprain/strain injury
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Eosinophilic fasciitis

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

Help with Coracobrachialis Muscle Pain

Sombra Warm Therapy Gel provides pain relief.
Warm Therapy Gel For Shoulder, Arm, Elbow and Hand Pain
For arthritic or chronic shoulder, 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. Suggestion: The roll on applicator does not work well. Be sure and purchase the cream.

Cold Therapy Gel For Shoulder, Arm, Elbow and Hand Pain: Coracobrachialis Injury

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. 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.



Ice Wrap For Shoulder, Upper Arm, Elbow Pain and Coracobrachialis Injury

Shoulder and Elbow Ice Wrap For Coracobrachialis Injury Pro-Ice Shoulder and Elbow Cold Therapy Wrap is great for icing shoulder, upper arm and elbow injuries. 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 over use injuries and preventative maintenance.


Elbow Braces and Supports For Coracobrachialis Muscle Pain

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 have used this brace many times and it provided 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.


Self Treatment For Coracobrachialis Muscle Shoulder, Elbow, Hand Pain

Do you know that small knots in the coracobrachialis muscle can contribute to pain from the shoulder to the hand?  These knots can also make it difficult to bend the elbow. 
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 shoulder and arm pain that runs down into the hand it maybe trigger points in the coracobrachialis 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 Coracobrachialis Muscle

Origin: Lateral aspect of the apex of the coracoid process of the scapula
Insertion: Medial aspect of the mid shaft of the humerus
Action: Flexion of the arm at the shoulder
Blood Supply: Muscular branches from the brachial artery
Innervation: Musculocutaneous nerve (C5,6,7)

Primary Actions:

1. Flexion of the arm at the shoulder

  • Agonists: Deltoid (anterior part), Biceps Brachii, Pectoralis Major (clavicular head)
  • Antagonists: Deltoid (posterior part), Triceps Brachii (long head), Latissimus Dorsi, Pectoralis Major (sternal head), Teres Major

Secondary Actions

2. Assists with adduction of the arm at the shoulder

  • Agonists: Latissimus Dorsi, Teres Major, Pectoralis Major,  Triceps Brachii (long head)
  • Antagonists: Deltoid (middle part), Supraspinatus

Satellite Trigger Points: Anterior and Posterior Deltoid, Biceps Brachii, Supraspinatus, Triceps Brachii

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