Dec 282012
 

What symptoms and pain are associated with the coracobrachialis muscle?

Coracobrachialis Pain Pattern

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?

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

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 the corabrachialis muscle symptoms may contribute:

Coracobrachialis Muscle

You use the coracobrachialis muscle when you raise your arm to the front of the body, move your arm across the front of your body and bring your arm in toward the 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
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Sprain/strain injury
  • Dislocated shoulder


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

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

For Detailed Anatomy Information See: Coracobrachialis Anatomy Study


Help with Coracobrachialis Muscle Pain

Cold Therapy Treatment For Pain Forearm Traveling Down To Thumb

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 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. If you have recently injured the coracobrachialis muscle or have unexplained pain that has just started in the shoulder extending down the arm, use Biofreeze. Rub the gel into the shoulder down the upper arm and all around the elbow. If forearm hand and finger pain is present apply Biofreeze to all the painful areas for relief.

Warm Therapy for Post Injury and Chronic Shoulder and Elbow 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 to the shoulder, upper arm, elbow and any painful areas in the forearm and hand. 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 Shoulder WrapElasto-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 with coracobrachialis muscle pain as it covers the entire muscle, heat and cold can both help relieve symptoms and 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

 

Ice Wrap For Shoulder and Upper Arm Injury and Pain

Shoulder and Elbow Ice Wrap For Tricep Injury

 The Pro-Ice Shoulder and Elbow Cold Therapy Wrap is great for shoulder and upper arm injuries involving the coracobrachialis muscle. 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.

 

Self Treatment For Coracobrachialis Muscle Shoulder, Elbow, Hand Pain

Do you know that small knots or other dysfunction in the coracobrachialis muscle can contribute to pain from the shoulder to the hand and 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.


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