Anconeus Muscle Referred Pain Pattern

Anconeus Muscle: Trigger Point Pain

The anconeus is a small muscle found in the elbow. Anconeus trigger point pain concentrates toward the outside of the elbow and sometimes extends into the point of the elbow.

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    Anconeus Muscle

    Where Is The Anconeus Muscle?

    The anconeus connects the humerus (bone in the upper arm) to the ulna bone in the forearm.

    What Movements Does It Control?

    • Straightens the elbow

    For detailed muscle anatomy: Anconeus Anatomy

    What Pain and Symptoms Are Associated With The Anconeus Muscle?

    • Pain is localized toward the outside of the arm and around the point of the elbow

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    What Causes Trigger Points In the Anconeus?

    • Sitting with your upper body propped up on your elbows
    • Forced and repetitive gripping of a large and/or wide object
    • Extreme sudden hard extension (straightening) of the elbow
    • Extreme or repetitive pushing motions
    • Extreme and repetitive rotating motions of the arm
    • Golfing (non-dominate arm)
    • Tennis (dominant arm)
    • Rowing motions

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    Anconeus Trigger Point Treatment

    TWD highly recommends The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook to learn how to find the trigger points and treat them. The workbook has instructions and diagrams that will teach you how to treat trigger point muscle pain throughout the body.

    Many massage therapists, physical therapists, and chiropractors have trained in trigger point therapy. They can show you how to locate and treat specific TrPs that are contributing to your pain pattern.

    Trigger points need several 1-2 minute treatments spread throughout the day for an optimal outcome.

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    Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is an excellent pain-relieving gel recommend for those who have sudden onset muscle pain or recent injuries.  It is better to use than warm therapy gels and creams for muscle pain caused by inflammation as it cools the area much like ice. If your pain is from a recent injury use Biofreeze. It is excellent to use on sprains, strained and sore muscles and joints.

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    Interesting facts:

    • The anconeus is a prime contributor to tennis elbow.
    • Some anatomists believe that the anconeus is part of the triceps brachii muscle and not a separate muscle.

    Clinical diagnoses to which the anconeus muscle symptoms may contribute:

    • Lateral Epicondylitis
    • Tennis elbow
    • Strain/sprain of the elbow
    • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
    • C6 or C7 radiculopathy


    Other muscles that should be considered and examined:

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