Symptom Checker for Muscle Pain

SERIOUSLY: Take a minute to read this page and learn how to find the information that you need!

Most people think that muscle and joint pain is straight forward, my elbow hurts so the problem is my elbow. My calf hurts so the problem is the muscles in my lower leg. This is not always true. If you treat the elbow or you treat the calf and the pain subsides for a while but then returns, the pain may be caused muscles away from the pain location. If these other muscles are not treated, your pain will keep returning.

The Wellness Digest is here to help you find the source of your pain. Pain in the elbow may be caused by muscles in the neck, shoulder, upper back, as well as the arm and elbow muscles. Pain in the calf can be caused by lower back,  hip, thigh, and foot muscles.  It is important to find your pain patterns and treat all the muscles that could be involved.

Four Ways To Use The Wellness Digest To Research Your Muscle Pain

The first resource I recommend is the Pain and Symptom tag cloud that is located at the bottom of this page.  Find and click on the symptom or area that is painful. This will take you to a page that lists the muscles that could be contributors to your pain.  Each muscle has a picture with the most common pain patterns marked in red. Look at the pictures and find the one that most closely matches your pain. You may find more than one picture that closely matches your pain, this is not unusual.

On the detailed muscle page, pay close attention to the sections about pain and symptoms, movements of the muscle, and activities that cause pain. These are important clues as to whether the muscle is a contributor to your pain. Also, take time to read about the muscles listed in the muscles with similar pain patterns and satellite trigger points lists as these muscles can also be contributors to your pain.

If you have a clinical diagnosis such as carpal tunnel syndrome, find it in the tag cloud or use the search function to see the muscles most commonly involved.

Use The Search Function

Another way to research your pain is to use the Search feature. Click on the magnifying glass icon located on the menu bar up on the top right-hand side of the page.  The Search feature works very well if you are looking for information about a particular muscle. It will not only find the muscle you are looking for but will also list the other muscles that are affected or can affect that muscle’s pain and symptoms.

Browse The Muscle Pages

On the menu bar located at top of each page is The Muscles with a down arrow beside the text to click for a list of muscle groups. If you are on a mobile device tap the menu bar at the top of the page or scroll to the bottom of the page for the menu. Browse the categories looking at the pictures to find your pain patterns.

Tags At The Bottom Of The Page

Last but not least are the tags listed at the bottom each muscle page. These tags include pain and symptoms relevant to that muscle page. Most of these tags can be found in the tag cloud as well.


Pain and symptom tags relevant to each muscle page are listed at the bottom of each post. These links can provide additional information for you.

About The Suggested Products

The suggested products that you find on the muscle information pages are products recommended for treatment of that muscle and not necessarily for the painful area.

For an example:

Using cold and heat packs or cold/warm gel as well as checking for trigger points in the neck muscles may eliminate the pain that you are experiencing in your shoulder, arm, and hand. Treating only the shoulder, arm and hand will bring temporary relief, but will not treat the source of the pain. Treating the neck muscles that are the actual source of the pain will move you toward eliminating the pain. Remember, if your pain patterns fit the muscle, consider treating that muscle even if it is located away from where you are feeling pain and symptoms.

Muscle Pain Can Be Complex

It takes time and patience to treat muscle pain. The important thing is to not give up. The Wellness Digest is here to help you find research and understand some aspects of muscle pain.

Tag Cloud

abdomen achilles tendinits achilles tendon acid reflux ac joint dysfunction adhesive capsulitis ankle ankle numbness ankle sprain ankylosing spondylitis anterior compartment syndrome anterior cruciate ligament appendicitis arch arm numbness arm weakness asthma bakers cyst biceps brachii bicipital tendinitis big toe bladder blurred vision brachial plexus entrapment brachial plexus injury breathing bronchitis buckling knee bulging disc bunion buttock buttocks calf carpal tunnel syndrome carpometacarpal dysfuntion cauda equina syndrome cervical hyperlordosis charcot's joint cheek chest clavicle claw toe colic collarbone constipation COPD coracobrachialis costochondritis coughing crohns disease cubital tunnel syndrome deep vascular thrombosis deep vein thrombosis degenerative disc digestive system dislocated knee diverticulosis dupuytrens contracture ear elbow emphysema endometriosis eye eye strain fallen arches finger flat feet floating patella foot foot cramps foot drop foot numbness forward head posture frozen shoulder gallbladder ganglion cyst glenohumeral joint separation golfers elbow gout groin hammer toe hamstrings hand hand numbness head headache heart heartburn heel heel spur hernia herniated disc hiatal hernia hip hip pointer hyperkyphosis iliotibial band syndrome incontinence indigestion inguinal hernia intercostal internal obliques irritable bowel syndrome jaw kidney pain knee lateral epicondylitis leg cramps low back lower leg lumbar spine hyperlordosis mastoiditis medial epicondylitis meniscus menstrual pain mid back military neck morton's foot syndrome mouth neck olecranon bursitis ovaries pancreatitis patella femoral dysfunction pelvis peripheral vascular disease piriformis syndrome plantar fasciitis plantar wart pleurisy pneumonia polands anomaly popliteus tendinitis post concussion syndrome posterior compartment syndrome posterior cruciate ligament prolasped disc prostatitis pubic stress symphysitis quadriceps raynauds disease reproductive system rib rotator cuff rounded shoulders sacroiliac joint dysfuntion sacroilitis scalp sciatica scoliosis shin shin splints shoulder shoulder pointer shoulder weakness side stitch sinus slipped rib spasmodic torticollis spleen spondylitis stenosis stiff neck subacromial bursitis subdeltoid bursitis supraspinatus tendinitis swallowing tailbone tarsal tunnel syndrome teeth temporal mandibular joint temporomandibular disorder tennis elbow tenosynovitis tensor fasiae latae syndrome testicle thigh thoracic outlet syndrome thoracic spine hyperkyphosis thumb TMJ toe trick knee trigger finger trochanteric bursitis turf toe ulcer ulnar neuropathy upper arm upper back upper leg urinary tract varicose veins vertebral vascular disorder vision weak ankles weak knees whiplash wrist wry neck