The coracobrachialis muscle contributes to pain in the upper arm, shoulder, elbow, and lower arm extending into the hand.

What are the pain and symptoms associated with the coracobrachialis muscle?

  • Pain in the back of the upper arm
  • Pain in the front of the upper arm around the shoulder joint
  • Pain in the back of the lower arm
  • Pain in the back of the hand extending down into the middle finger
  • Difficulty  bending the elbow
  • Pain when putting arm and hand behind the head and back
  • Pain when raising arm overhead
  • Occasionally numbness in the upper arm that can extend into the forearm and back of the hand

Where is the coracobrachialis muscle?

The coracobrachialis lies toward the inside of the upper arm and attaches the  shoulder blade to the bone of the upper arm (humerus).

What movements does the coracobrachialis muscle control?

  • Raises arm to the front of the body
  • Pulls the arm in toward the body

Activities that cause coracobrachialis pain and symptoms:

  • Reaching your arm/hand around the back of your head
  • Push ups
  • Rock or rope climbing
  • Throwing a ball
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Lifting heavy weights with outstretched arms and palms facing up

Interesting Facts About The Coracobrachialis Muscle:

  • The coracobrachialis resists frontal shoulder dislocation.

Diagram of the Coracobrachialis Muscle

You use the coracobrachialis muscle when you raise your arm to the front of the body, move your arm across the front of your body and bring your arm in toward the body.

Clinical diagnoses to which the coracobrachialis muscle symptoms may contribute:

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • C5 C6 C7 radiculopathy
  • Adhesive capsulitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder pointer
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Bicipital tendinitis
  • Subacromial bursitis
  • Supraspinatus Tendinitis
  • Acromioclavicular joint dysfunction
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Dislocated shoulder

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

Satellite trigger points associated with the coracobrachialis muscle:

  • Deltoids
  • Biceps brachii
  • Supraspinatus
  • Triceps brachii
For detailed anatomy information:  
Coracobrachialis Anatomy Study

Help with Coracobrachialis Muscle Pain

Cold Therapy Treatment For Pain In The Shoulder, Upper Arm, Back of the Forearm and Middle Finger

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. If you have recently injured the coracobrachialis muscle or have unexplained pain that has just started in the shoulder extending down the arm, use Biofreeze. Rub the gel into the shoulder down the upper arm and all around the elbow. If forearm, hand, and finger pain is present apply Biofreeze to all the painful areas for relief.

Hot and Cold Shoulder and Upper Arm Therapy Wrap

Elasto-Gel Hot Cold Wrap works well for those who need a wrap that provides both heat and cold therapy. This is a great wrap for people suffering from shoulder arthritis pain. Heat and cold can both help relieve symptoms of coracobrachialis strain, frozen shoulder and rotator cuff muscle pain. The wrap is gel which allows it to mold to the chest, shoulder, and upper arm comfortably.

Available in two sizes: Small Hot Cold Shoulder Wrap and Large / XLarge Hot Cold Shoulder Wrap

Warm Therapy Gel For Shoulder, Arm, Elbow and Hand Injury and Arthritis 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 to the shoulder, upper arm, elbow and any painful areas in the forearm and hand to treat coracobrachialis muscle pain.

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 many of 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 Coracobrachialis Muscle Shoulder, Elbow, Hand Pain

Do you know that small “knots” or other dysfunction in the coracobrachialis muscle can contribute to pain from the shoulder to the hand and make it difficult to bend the elbow?

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 shoulder and arm pain that runs down into the hand it maybe trigger points in the coracobrachialis 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.

Donna Martin

Massage Therapist Owner: Twelve years of experience working with clients with chronic pain, post injury pain, and post surgery pain. Muscle dysfunction is often overlooked but can hold the key to many pain conditions.

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