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Anconeus Muscle: Elbow Pain

(Last Updated On: August 10, 2018)

Anconeus pain concentrates toward the outside of the elbow and sometimes extends into the point of the elbow.

What Are The Pain and Symptoms Associated With The Anconeus Muscle?

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

Where Is The Anconeus Muscle Located?

The anconeus is a  small muscle that connects the humerus (bone in the upper arm) to the ulna (bone in the forearm located on the outside or thumb side of lower arm)

What Movements Does the Anconeus Control?

  • It straightens the elbow

Activities That Cause Pain and Symptoms of the Anconeus:

  • Sitting propped up on your elbows
  • Forced and repetitive gripping of a large and/or wide object
  • Extreme sudden hard extension (straightening) of the elbow
  • Pushing a door closed
  • Rotating arm to shake hands
  • Golfing (non-dominate arm)
  • Tennis (dominant arm)
  • Rowing motions


Anconeus Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

You use the anconeus muscle when you straighten the elbow.

Interesting Facts About The Anconeus Muscle:

  • 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 May Contribute:

  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • C6 or C7 radiculopathy

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

For detailed anatomy information:  Anconeus Anatomy

Help with Anconeus Muscle Injury Pain

Cold Therapy Gel For Anconeus Elbow Injury and Pain

Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is a cold therapy gel that provides pain relieve for new injuries and is great as a maintenance treatment for overuse 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. For a recent elbow pain and injury rub Biofreeze all around the elbow and down into the forearm.

Cold Sleeve Compression for Elbow

Freeze Sleeve Cold Therapy Compression Sleeve is recommended by medical professionals for treatment of injury, recovery, and over-use soreness. The sleeve provides total circumference cold therapy and compression that other cold treatments do not provide. The sleeve slides on and features material that can be worn on bare skin, allowing you to be mobile during treatment. It can be used for most areas of the arms and legs.

Warm Therapy Gel For Chronic Elbow Pain

For arthritic or chronic shoulder, arm, elbow and hand pain relief 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. Apply Sombra all around the elbow to ease the pain.

Compression Sleeve for Anconeus Muscle Support

I like the Kunto Elbow Support Sleeve not only for the excellent support it provides for the anconeus muscle, but also because it is comfortable to wear. It provides support without binding or limiting movement and it actually stays in place. The sleeve is available in 4 sizes. If you deal with elbow pain or need some extra support for tennis, golf, or other sports, this sleeve is what you need.

Sizing measuring elbow circumference:

Large:  Over 13"
Medium:  10.5" - 13"
Small: 8.5" - 10.5"
X-Small:  Under 8.5"

Full Arm Compression Sleeve for Elbow, Forearm and Wrist Pain

The CompressionZ Compression Arm Sleeves are for those who want or need more support for muscle injury, muscle recovery or lymphedema. The sleeves work well for those who have chronic elbow, forearm and wrist pain due to repetitive motions that can irritate the muscles in the arm. The sleeves work well for athletes as well as people whose jobs require repetitive twisting motions of the wrist. The sleeves are available in 3 sizes and a variety of colors. Be sure to read the size chart and follow the instructions to ensure proper fit. Two sleeves per package

Compression Band for Tennis Elbow, Golf Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Repetitive Stress Injuries

The BandIT Forearm Band is worn by many professional athletes to prevent and relieve muscle pain caused by repetitive motions of the elbow and wrist. The BandIT uses selective pressure on the forearm muscles without cutting off circulation, limiting range of motion or causing swelling around the band. Though I do not recommend this as a long-term treatment or for long-term wear, the BandIT can help relieve pain for athletes to help get through a game or for those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome that want pain relief while typing to make a deadline. Read and follow the enclosed instructions for temporary relief from forearm, wrist, hand, and finger pain.

Self Treatment For Anconeus Muscle Elbow Pain

Do you know that small "knots" and other dysfunction in the anconeus muscle can contribute to pain in the elbow that makes it painful to straighten the elbow?  The anconeus muscle plays a major role in tennis elbow pain. 

If this pain pattern sounds familiar I recommend that you purchase Claire Davies The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain ReliefMr. 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. 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 pain and find it difficult to straighten the elbow without pain it may be trigger points in the anconeus 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.

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