Apr 092013
 

What symptoms and pain are associated with the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis Muscle?

Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis Pain Pattern

The extensor carpi radialis brevis muscle contributes to pain in the back of the hand. Pain will sometimes travel up the back of the forearm.

  • A burning sensation or constant ache is felt in the back of the hand. Pain will sometimes  extend into the back of the forearm.
  • Weak unreliable grip.
  • Excruciating pain when you twist your wrist
  • This muscle can compress the radial nerve causing numbing and tingling in the hand and fingers.

Where Are The Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis Muscles Located?

The extensor carpi radialis brevis connects the outside of the elbow to the bone at the base of the middle finger.

What Movements Does the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis Control?

  • Straightens the wrist
  • Side bends the wrist toward the thumb side.

Interesting Facts About The Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis Muscle:

  • It is one of three muscles that support the wrist. Without these muscles the wrist would hang limply from the forearm.
  • Contributes to tennis elbow.
  • Is sometimes called the fist clencher muscle as the wrist must be slightly extended and the middle finger must bend to make a fist.

Activities That Cause Pain and Symptoms of the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis:

  • Forced and repetitive gripping of a large and/or wide object
  • Knitting and crocheting
  • Golfing
  • Tennis
  • Typing for hours at a time
  • Writing or gripping other small instruments for extended amounts of time.
  • Twisting motions such as using a screwdriver or twisting a doorknob.
Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis Muscle

You use the extensor carpi radialis brevis muscle to straighten the wrist and twist the wrist.

Clinical Diagnoses To Which The Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis Muscle May Contribute:

  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Tennis Elbow

 


Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the extensor carpi radialis brevis  muscle:

Satellite Trigger Points: Supinator, Brachioradialis and Triceps brachii

Affected Organ System: Digestive System


Help with Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis Muscle Injury Pain

Sombra Warm Therapy Gel provides pain relief.

Warm Therapy Gel For Extensor Muscle, Arm, Elbow and Hand Injury and Arthritis Pain

For arthritic or chronic 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. To relieve extensor muscle pain apply Sombra all around the elbow and down into the back of the forearm.

Cold Therapy Gel For Extensor 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 relieve for new injuries and is great as a maintenance treatment for over use and repetitive use injuries such as tennis elbow.  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.

Wrist Brace With Gel Packs

ActiveWrap Wrist and Hand Hot and Cold Wrap

Because twisting motions of the wrist can cause injury and irritate the extensor carpi radialis brevis muscle, a wrist brace can help relieve pain and provide support during repetitive twisting motions.  The ActiveWrap Compression Wrap for the Hand & Wrist not only provides compression and support to the wrist but also comes with insert gel packs for hot and cold treatment. The brace can be used on either hand and has two Velcro closures that can be adjusted for comfort.
wrist-brace

The Neo G Medical Grade VCS Wrist and Thumb Support provides adjustable wrist support and compression to the wrist. The brace allows full movement hand, fingers and thumb while providing support to the wrist. A good choice for those who need wrist support but need full mobility of the hand and fingers.

Compression Sleeves for Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis Muscle Pain

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Support and Light Compression Sleeve For Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis Muscle Symptoms

For post injury treatment or for those who suffer with chronic pain due to repetitive motion of the forearm muscles 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 muscle attachments to the bones of most forearm muscles. 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 that can irritate the extensor muscles of the forearm. The sleeves work well for athletes as well as people whose jobs require repetitive twisting motions of the 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

bandit

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 critical game or for those who suffer with 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 Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis Muscle Elbow, Forearm and Hand Pain

Do you know that small knots in the extensor carpi radialis brevis muscle can contribute to deep aching or burning pain in the back of the hand?  
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, forearm pain and find it difficult to straighten the elbow without pain it maybe trigger points in the extensor muscles of the arm. 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 and Innervation of the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis Muscle

Origin: Lateral epicondyle of humerus via the common extensor tendon and the radial collateral ligament of the elbow.
Insertion: Dorsal surface of the base of the third metacarpal.
Action: Extension of the elbow
Blood Supply: Radial recurrent arter from the radial artery.
Innervation: C6-7, Radial Nerve

Primary Actions:

1. Extension of the wrist.

  • Agonists: Extensor carpi radialis longus, extensor carpi ulnaris
  • Antagonists: Flexor Carpi Radialis Longus,  Flexor Carpi Ulnaris, Palmaris Longus

2. Radial deviation of the wrist

  • Agonists: Extensor Carpi Radialis Longus, Flexor Carpi Radialis
  • Antagonists: Flexor Carpi Ulnaris, Extensor Carpi Ulnaris

 

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