Daily Archives: July 25, 2014

The palmaris longus muscle runs from your medial epicondyle – inner side your elbow – to the inner side of your hand.


Flexor Carpi Ulnaris and Flexor Carpi Radialis Tendinitis


Pain: Pain, tenderness, swelling, warmth, or redness on the underside of the wrist.

  • Pain that gets worse when bending the wrist, especially against resistance or when turning the palm down against resistance. It is mostly localized with some pain developing on the lateral portion of the wrist.
  • Pain with gripping.
  • Limited motion of the wrist.
  • Crackling sound (crepitation) when the tendon or wrist is moved or touched.
  • Numbness in part of the palm of the hand.

RX: Rest, Ice and maybe even a wrist brace


Action: The brachioradialis flexes the forearm at the elbow and pronation and supination of the wrist and forearm. It also assists in flexion with the Biceps Brachii and Brachialis. If you perform hammer db curls, it engages the Brachioradialis muscle. If over trained or inflamed, it becomes difficult to wash your hair and spasms at the sight of the muscle when flexing the biceps and is very tender to the touch. The pain usually stay local to the muscle.

RX: Ice the area of pain and inflammation, take anti-inflammatory, rest.


Sternocleidomastoid Pain


The sternocleidomastoid aka SCM, muscle originates on the Sternum and attaches to the Clavical and the Mastoid process of the temporal bone on the back of the skull. When acting alone it rotates to the opposite side and slightly (laterally) flexes to the same side. It also works in with the posterior Levator Scapula on the opposite side of the contracting SCM. If turning the head to the right the Left SCM pushes the head to the right where as the Right Levator Scapula pulls the head to the right. When the SCM is fully inflamed, it will become stiff and also might involve the Levator Scapula making the neck completely stiff and painful to turn the head.

When Inflamed: Pain will travel from the neck where it will be tender to the touch and refer pain over and around the eyes and back of the skull on the occipital bone.

RX: The SCM is difficult to ice because for the carotid artery and nerves, so take anti-inflammatories like Advil or Aleve and try to rest the neck. If injured in a whiplash accident you must wear a neck brace to support the head and neck taking tension off the SCM.