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How to treat brachialis pain

Brachialis pain is the inflammation of the brachial plexus resulting in a sudden pain in the shoulder and arm and becomes weak and numb. This condition is also called climbers elbow.

The brachioradialis muscles are flexor of the elbow and extensors of the hand in bending the wrist in backward direction. Lifting heavy objects, playing violin, pull ups, rock climbing, playing cello and repetitive twisting of arm and the elbow bent causes severe pain.

Causes

  • Recent illness, surgery, trauma and immunization and pain can felt in the area of the shoulder.
  • Severe pain and throbbing
  • Constant pain caused by movements of the shoulder which can last for an hour to several weeks.
  • Playing contact sports that requires an overhead movement of the arms such as gymnastics, body building, rock climbing, weight lifting, throwing sports and bowling
  • Heavy labor
  • Inadequate warming up before an activity result to poor strength, restraining the elbow, poor flexibility and injury.

Symptoms

brachialis pain

Pain in the shoulders and upper arm.

  • Weakened arm muscles
  • Sudden onset of shoulder pain
  • Pain in the shoulders and upper arm
  • Swelling over the elbow
  • Severe, throbbing and radiating pain
  • Pain on one side of the body
  • Incapable to straighten or bend the elbow completely
  • Pain, ache and tenderness on the front of the elbow
  • Pain when making the elbow straight
  • Crackling sound can be heard when touching or moving the tendons or elbow.

Treatment

  • Take plenty of rest especially the affected arm for at least 48-72 hours for fast healing of the condition.
  • Apply an ice pack on the area for at least 20-minute intervals every 1-2 hours to lessen the swelling. Wrap ice compress using a towel before applying to the area to prevent further irritations and worsen the condition. Another option is using bag of frozen vegetable such as corn or peas is also good for the condition. People with arthritis should avoid using cold compress, instead use hot compress.
  • Compress the affected area using elastic compression bandage such as ACE bandage to lessen the severe swelling and the pain. Avoid wrapping it too tight to prevent problems with circulations. If the area under the wrap becomes blue or violet or becomes numb, loosen the wrap.
  • Elevate the area above the level of heart to lessen any internal bleeding. Raise the area in couple of pillows when lying down to keep it elevated.
  • Take the prescribed pain medications to lessen the inflammations and the pain.
  • Perform strengthening and stretching exercises with the help of the physical therapist and restore range of movement of the affected arm and lessen the pain. Apply hot compress or heat pack on the affected area before performing the exercises to lessen the stiffness and spasms of muscles. Another alternative is soaking the body in warm water.

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