+Donna Martin
Apr 222013

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

Extensor carpi ulnaris muscle pain affects the wrist.

Pain is in the wrist on the pinky side and often feels like a sprain.

  • Sharp pain and aching on the outside of the wrist, feels like a sprain.
  • Weak unreliable grip.
  • Pain can be intense when twisting the wrist.

Where Are The Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Muscles Located?

The extensor carpi ulnaris connects the outside of the elbow to the bone at the base of the little finger.

What Movements Does the Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Control?

  • Straightens the wrist
  • Side bends the wrist toward the little finger side.

Activities That Cause Pain and Symptoms of the Extensor Carpi Ulnaris:

  • Forced and repetitive gripping of a large and/or wide object
  • Twisting motions such as using a screwdriver or twisting a doorknob.
  • Knitting and crocheting
  • Golfing
  • Tennis
  • Working at the computer
Arm Muscle Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Muscle

You use this muscle when you straighten your wrist and side bend the wrist toward the pinky

Clinical Diagnoses To Which This Muscle May Contribute:

  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Tendinitis

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

Help with Extensor Carpi Ulnaris 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 carpi ulnaris muscle pain apply Sombra all around the elbow and down into the back of the forearm and into the wrist.  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 Wrist Arthritis and Injury Pain

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

DonJoy Boomerang Wrist Brace


Recommended Braces and Support For Wrist Pain and Injury

DonJoy Boomerang Wrist Brace Support is an adjustable support that can be used on either hand. The support stabilizes the wrist and provide compression up the back and outside of the hand which will help with pain caused by the extensor carpi ulnaris.

Self Treatment For Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Muscle Elbow, Forearm and Hand Pain

Do you know that small knots in the extensor carpi ulnaris muscle can cause pain that mimics a sprained wrist?  These knots can also make it difficult to impossible  to twist your wrist as you would to open a jar or turn a screwdriver.  
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 wrist pain and find it difficult to twist your wrist without pain it maybe trigger points in the extensor carpi ulnaris 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.
Insertion: Tubercles on the medial side of the base of the fifth metacarpal.
Action: Extension of the wrist
Blood Supply: Posterior interosseous artery from the ulnar artery.
Innervation: C6,7,8 Radial Nerve

Primary Actions:

1. Extension of the wrist.

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

2. Ulnar deviation of the wrist

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

Satellite Trigger Points: Extensor Digitorum, Brachioradialis.

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