+Donna Martin
Apr 092013

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

Extensor carpi radialis brevis pain.

Contributes to pain in the back of the hand. Pain sometimes is felt down the outside of the forearm.

  • A burning sensation or constant ache is felt in the back of the hand. Pain will sometimes start at the bottom of the elbow and extend into the back of the forearm.Weak unreliable grip.
  • 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?

  • Bends the wrist back
  • Side bends the wrist toward the thumb side.
  • Helps when bending the elbow

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
  • Repetitive bending and straightening of the elbow
  • Orchestra conductors often have problems with this muscle
  • Playing an instrument with a bow
  • 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 Longus Muscle

You use the extensor carpi radialis longus muscle to straighten the wrist, bend the wrist back, and twist the wrist.

Clinical Diagnoses To Which This Muscle May Contribute:

  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis

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

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. Suggestion: Buy the cream in the jar. Do not buy the roll on as the applicator does not work well.

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.

Hot / Cold Wrap For Elbow Pain and Extensor Carpi Muscle Injury

ActiveWrap Hot Cold Therapy Elbow WrapActiveWrap Hot Cold Elbow Wrapis great for tennis elbow and other elbow related injuries and pain. The wrap has freezer and microwave safe inserts that can be adjusted for targeted treatment. The wrap can also be used without inserts to provide light support and keep the elbow joint warm. A great wrap for tennis players, golfers, and athletes who throw balls to have on hand for easy hot or cold therapy treatment. Also available in Small


Recommended Braces and Support For Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis Muscles: Helps Relieve Tennis Elbow Pain

If you have tried other elbow braces and have not found relieve from pain or mobility issues I recommend that you try the The Professional Choice Elbow Brace provides support and warmth to relieve pain caused by the triceps muscle.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. Purchase Information for Professional’s Choice Full Elbow Support.

Proband Bandit Therapeutic Forearm Band

Proband Magnetic Forearm Band relieves golfer's and tennis elbow pain
I have several friends that use therapeutic bands, but personally I had not ever experienced much pain relief from the bands until a friend let me borrow the Proband Bandit Magnetic Forearm BandFor the first time I can recommend a band that worked for me! The magnetic plates are encased in soft plastic lined with neoprene. The band does not restrict circulation and is very comfortable to wear for hours at a time. The band helps with anconeus injury, tennis elbow as well as helps the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. Once the band is in place the pain relief is usually felt within minutes and if left in place, you will find your pain is almost eliminated. If you are suffering with elbow pain, give the Proband a try.

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 pain in the elbow that can travel into the hand?  These knots can also make it difficult to impossible  to straighten the elbow and contribute to tennis elbow syndrome. 
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

Satellite Trigger Points: Supinator, Brachioradialis and Triceps brachii.

 April 9, 2013  Posted by  Arm Muscles Tagged with: , , , , ,

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