+Donna Martin
Mar 072013
 

What symptoms and pain are associated with the triceps brachii muscles?

Triceps muscle can contribute to pain in these areas.

The triceps muscle can contribute to pain in the shoulder, arm and hand

  • Pain in the back of the shoulder
  • Pain at the base of the neck
  • Pain on the outside of the elbow
  • Pain throughout the back of the elbow
  • Pain in the back of the upper arm
  • Can make elbow hypersensitive
  • Pain down into the fourth and fifth fingers
  • Difficulty straightening and bending the elbow

Where are the triceps brachii muscles?

The triceps brachii is a three headed muscle witch connects the shoulder blade and the upper arm  to the elbow. The muscle is found in the back of the upper arm.

What movements do the triceps brachii muscles control?

  • Straightens the arm at the elbow
  • Extends the shoulder which pulls the arm back behind you.

Activities that cause triceps brachii pain and symptoms:

  • Tennis
  • Golfing
  • Repetitive pushing action
  • Forcefully holding something down.

Interesting facts about the triceps brachii muscles:

  • The triceps brachii is a contributor to both tennis elbow and golfers elbow.
  • It and the serratus anterior are known as the boxer’s muscles because these muscles deliver the straight arm punch.

Clinical Diagnoses To Which This Muscle May Contribute:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Tendinitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Olecranon bursitis
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
Triceps muscle

The triceps brachii muscle connects the shoulder and upper arm to the elbow.

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

Help with Triceps Brachii Muscle Injury Pain

Sombra Warm Therapy Gel provides pain relief.

Warm Therapy Gel For Triciep Shoulder, Arm, Elbow and Hand Injury and Arthritis Pain

For arthritic or chronic shoulder, 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 triceps muscle pain apply Sombra on the side of the neck, all around the upper arm and elbow. Suggestion: Buy the cream in the jar. Do not buy the roll on as the applicator does not work well.

Cold Therapy Gel For Tricep Shoulder, 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 and golfer’s 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.

Ice Wrap For Shoulder, Upper Arm, Elbow Pain and Tricep Muscle Injury

Shoulder and Elbow Ice Wrap For Tricep Injury
Pro-Ice Shoulder and Elbow Cold Therapy Wrap is great for tricep muscle  shoulder, upper arm and elbow related injuries. 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.

 

 

Recommended Braces and Support For Triceps Muscles: Relieve Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s 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 works! 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 tricep injury, golfer’s and 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 Triceps Brachii Muscle Shoulder, Elbow, Hand Pain

Do you know that small knots in the triceps brachii muscle can contribute to pain from the shoulder to the hand?  These knots can also make it difficult to impossible  to straighten 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, arm pain and find it difficult to straighten the elbow without pain it maybe trigger points in the triceps brachii 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.


Anatomy Study: Origin, Insertion, Action and Innervation of the Triceps Brachii Muscle

Triceps Long Head

Origin:  Infraglenoid tubercle of the scapula
Insertion: Posterior surface of the olcranion process of the ulna
Action: Extension of the arm at the shoulder, adduction of the arm at the shoulder,  extension of the forearm at the elbow
Blood Supply: Muscular branches and superior ulnar collateral and profunda brachii arteries from the brachial artery.
Innervation: Radial nerve (C6,7)

 

Primary Actions: Extension of the arm at the shoulder

  • Agonists: Deltoid (posterior part), Latissimus Dorsi, Pectoralis Major (sternal head), Teres Major 
  • Antagonists: Deltoid (anterior part), Coracobrachialis, Biceps Brachii, Pectoralis Major (clavicular head)

Secondary Actions: 

Adduction of the arm at the shoulder

  • Agonists: Latissimus Dorsi, Pectoralis Major, Teres Major 
  • Antagonists: Supraspinatus, Deltoid (middle part)

Extension of the forearm at the elbow

  • Agonists: Triceps Brachii (lateral and medial heads), Anconeus
  • Antagonists: Brachialis, Biceps brachii, Brachioradialis

Triceps Lateral Head

Origin:  Superior half of the posterior surface of the humeral shaft, lateral to the spiral groove
Insertion: Posterior surface of the olcranion process of the ulna
Action: Extension of the forearm at the elbow, adduction of the arm at the shoulder,  extension of the forearm at the elbow
Blood Supply: Muscular branches and superior ulnar collateral and profunda brachii arteries from the brachial artery.
Innervation: Radial nerve (C6,7)

Primary Actions: Extension of the arm at the elbow

  • Agonists: Triceps Brachii (medial head and long head), Anconeus
  • Antagonists: Brachialis, Biceps Brachii, Brachioradialis

Triceps Medial Head

Origin:  Posterior shaft of the humerus, medial and distal to the spiral groove (deep to the long and lateral heads of the triceps brachii)
Insertion: Posterior surface of the olcranion process of the ulna
Action: Extension of the arm at the elbow
Blood Supply: Muscular branches and superior ulnar collateral and profunda brachii arteries from the brachial artery.
Innervation: Radial nerve (C6,7)

Primary Actions: Extension of the forearm at the elbow

  • Agonists: Triceps Brachii (lateral head and long head), Anconeus
  • Antagonists: Brachialis, Biceps Brachii, Brachioradialis

Satellite Trigger Points:  Latissimus dorsi, Serratus Posterior Superior, Teres major and minor, Supinator, Anconeus, Brachioradialis, Extensor carpi radialis longus

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