Extensor Carpi Ulnaris contributes to pain in the wrist on the pinky side of the hand. The pain mimics that of a wrist sprain.

What Symtoms and Pain Are Associated With The Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Muscle?

  • Sharp pain and aching on the outside of the wrist, feels like a sprain.
  • Weak unreliable grip.
  • Pain can be intense when twisting the wrist.
  • Prime contributor to writers cramp

Where Is The Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Muscle Located?

The extensor carpi ulnaris connects the upper arm bone (humerus) to the bone at the base of the little finger (5th metacarpal).

What Movements Does the Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Control?

  • Straightens the wrist
  • Side bends the wrist toward the little finger side.

Activities That Cause Pain and Symptoms of the Extensor Carpi Ulnaris:

  • Forced and repetitive gripping of a large and/or wide object
  • Twisting motions such as using a screwdriver or twisting a doorknob.
  • Knitting and crocheting
  • Golfing
  • Tennis
  • Working at the computer
  • Gripping a pen or pencil for extended periods of time

Diagram of the Extensor Carpi Ulnaris

You use the extensor carpi ulnaris when you straighten your wrist and side bend the wrist toward the pinky.

Interesting Facts About The Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Muscle:

  • When typing or writing, you rest your hand on the padding below the pinky finger. This twists your wrist outward and contributes to pain and dysfunction in the extensor carpi ulnaris.

Clinical Diagnoses To Which The Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Muscle May Contribute:

  • Carpal Tunnel
  • C8 radiculopathy
  • Charcot’s Joint
  • Wrist Sprain

Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the extensor carpi ulnaris muscle:

Satellite trigger points associated with the extensor carpi ulnaris muscle:

  • Brachioradialis
  • Extensor Digitorum
For detailed anatomy information:  
Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Anatomy

Help with Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Muscle Injury and Pain

Cold Therapy Gel For Wrist Injury 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. Rub the gel into the elbow down the back of the arm to the wrist. You can also apply it to the outside of the hand and wrist for pain relief.

Cold Compression Sleeve For Extensor Muscles Injury Pain

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 Extensor Muscle, 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 all around the elbow, into the back of the forearm and into the outside of the hand and little finger to ease the pain.

Wrist Brace For Compression and Support

Because twisting motions of the wrist can cause injury and irritate the extensor carpi ulnaris muscle, a wrist brace can help relieve pain in the wrist and hand.  The ActiveWrap Compression Wrap for the Hand & Wrist not only provides compression and support in the wrist and thumb pad, but also comes with insert gel packs for hot and cold treatment. The brace can be used on either hand and has two Velcro closures that can be adjusted for comfort.

The Neo G Medical Grade VCS Wrist and Thumb Support provides adjustable wrist support and compression to the wrist. The brace allows full movement of the hand, fingers, and thumb while providing support to the wrist. A good choice for those who need wrist support but need full mobility of the hand and fingers.

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 extensor 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 Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Muscle Wrist Pain

Do you know that small “knots” or other dysfunction in the extensor carpi ulnaris muscle can cause pain that mimics a sprained wrist? It can also make it difficult to impossible to twist your wrist as you would to open a jar or turn a screwdriver.

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 wrist pain and find it difficult to twist your wrist without pain it maybe trigger points in the extensor carpi ulnaris muscles 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.

Donna Martin

Massage Therapist Owner: thewellnessdigest.com 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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