+Donna Martin
Mar 162013

What symptoms and pain are associated with the supinator muscle?

The supinator is a major contributor to tennis elbow.

The supinator is a major contributor to tennis elbow.

  • Pain in the back of the forearm near the elbow
  • Pain in the back of the hand at the base of the thumb
  • Numbness in the thumb side of the hand

Where is the supinator muscle?

The supinator is located on the inside (thumb side)  of the forearm just below the elbow. It connects the upper arm to the lower arm.

What movements does the supinator muscle control?

Turns the hand palm upward.

Activities that cause supinator pain and symptoms:

  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Repetitive curls
  • Hoeing a garden
  • Sewing by hand
  • Working at the computer
  • Playing the violin
  • Chefs who stir or whip together ingredients frequently

Clinical diagnoses to which this muscle symptoms may contribute:

Arm muscle supinator

You use the supinator when you rotate your arm to turn your palms upward.

  • Tennis elbow
  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sprain/strain
  • Tendinitis,

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

Help with Supinator Muscle Injury Pain

Sombra Warm Therapy Gel provides pain relief.

Warm Therapy Gel For Arm Muscle, 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 supinator muscle pain apply Sombra all around the elbow and down into the forearm and thumb. Suggestion: Buy the cream in the jar. It has been reported that the roll on applicator does not work well.

Cold Therapy Gel For 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 Supinator Muscle and Elbow Injury

ActiveWrap Hot Cold Therapy Elbow WrapActiveWrap Hot Cold Elbow Wrap is great for tennis elbow and other elbow related injuries. 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.


Recommended Braces and Support For Arm Muscles: Helps Relieve Tennis And Golf 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 supinator muscle injury, tennis and golfer’s  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 Supinator Muscle Elbow, Forearm, Hand Pain

Do you know that small knots in the supinator can contribute to pain in the elbow that can travel into 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 supinator muscle 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, Blood Supply and Innervation of the Supinator Muscle

Origin: Lateral epicondyle of the humerus, the radical collateral ligament, the supinator crest of the ulna, and the radial collateral and annular ligaments.
Insertion: Proximal portion of the anterolateral surface of the radius
Action: Supination of the forearm
Blood Supply: Radial recurrent artery from the radial artery
Innervation: Radial Nerve (C6, 7, 8)

Primary Actions:

1. Rotates the forearm so the palm of the hand faces upward

  • Agonists: Biceps Brachii
  • Antagonists: Pronator Teres, Pronator Quadratus

Satellite Trigger Points: Extensor Carpi radialis longus and brevis, Brachioradialis, Brachialis

 March 16, 2013  Posted by  Arm Muscles Tagged with: , , , ,

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