Are you experiencing brachioradialis pain? If so, it’s very likely due to that muscle becoming overexerted.
The brachioradialis muscle is located in the forearm. It’s there to help flex the form at the elbow.
And at times, it can become very painful. Typically, this happens when the muscle becomes overworked.
When you overwork it via gripping motions, it can induce pain that most people confuse with having tennis elbow (when it’s actually not).
In this article, we’ll talk about why you’re experiencing pain here, as well as what you can do about it.
How Can You Tell if You Have Brachioradialis Pain?
If this muscle becomes too tight, then it can send pain shooting up your forearm and/or elbow.
In some cases, this pain may extend to the back of your hand, and even to your index finger rand thumb.
If you refer to the image below, you’ll see the potential “pain zones” that we’re talking about (the areas in red represent the areas where pain can spread):
What Are the Causes?
One of the main causes of brachioradialis pain is overexertion. When you overload the muscle for extended periods of time, it can become tender and eventually trigger pain.
Overloading the muscle is often done through manual labor, tennis, etc. Things like typing at a computer for extended periods of time can also trigger this.
The good news is that this pain is treatable. Below, we’ll talk about some exercises that you can do to alleviate the pain.
How can Brachioradialis Pain Impact Your Life?
While it won’t prevent you from doing things, this type of pain can be very annoying. It can be triggered by doing something as simple as using a screwdriver.
In more severe cases, it can make turning a door knob or holding a coffee cup painful. Obviously, it’s something that you’ll want to take care of as soon as possible.
In the next section, we’ll show you some ways of treating your brachioradialis pain so that you can live life to the fullest.
Pain Management Stretches
There are a few effective pain management options that you can use. The first that we recommend are range-of-motion stretches.
It’s very possible that you strained your muscle, so these stretches may be able to alleviate your pain. Keep in mind that it can take up to 72 hours before the pain starts going away.
We recommend performing the stretches below a few times a day, and try to hold each stretch for about 30 seconds.
When done correctly and consistently, they should eliminate a large amount of your brachioradialis pain.
Here’s a great video that will show you several great stretches for lessening your pain:
Give Strength-Training Exercises a Try
If your doctor allows it, give strength-training exercises a try.
Two great exercises include the “hammer curl” (above) and the “reverse curl”.
The reason why these are recommended is because they specifically target the brachioradialis muscle. It’s recommended that you perform these exercises 2-3 times per week.
Do 2 sets of 15 repetitions each time. After a few weeks, the pain should subside. If they don’t, return to your doctor to discuss other options.
The truth is, brachioradialis pain can be hinder your ability to live in the moment.
When you’re constantly being distracted by pain, it can be difficult to do normal, everyday things. Fortunately, this type of pain can be soothed with enough effort.
If you’re experiencing pain in this muscle, don’t confuse it with tennis elbow, which is what a lot of people tend to do.
Just like any other muscle, it’s possible to rejuvenate this muscle back to its original state.