Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis
A fusiform muscle in the posterior forearm, lateral region. It is part of the superficial forearm extensor group, along with the anconeus, brachioradialis, extensor carpi radialis longus, extensor digitorum, extensor digiti minimi and extensor carpi ulnaris.
The short muscle on the radial side that straightens the wrist.
The Extensor Carpi Radialis Longus and Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis muscles share a tendon synovial sheath. The Brevis muscle is located superficially.
Lateral epicondyle of humerus (common extensor tendon).
Posterior aspect of base of 3rd metacarpal bone.
Wrist joints: Hand extension, hand abduction (radial deviation).
Radial nerve (C5- C6).
Radial recurrent artery, radial artery, deep brachial artery.
Lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow, is common injury that occurs at the musculotendinous region of the common extensor tendon; however, the extensor carpi radialis brevis muscle is the most common muscle to be affected. Symptoms include lateral elbow pain or burning and/or a weak grip strength that gets worse with activity.
Wrist drop is a condition caused by radial nerve palsy. This then affects the wrist extensors and digits causing the hand to ‘drop’ or hang in a flexed position.
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Extensor carpi radialis brevis exercises
Most of the research recommends including eccentric exercise in a programme for lateral epicondylitis to improve patient outcomes.Cullinane, F. L., Boocock, M. G., & Trevelyan, F. C. (2014). Is eccentric exercise an effective treatment for lateral epicondylitis? A systematic review. Clinical rehabilitation, 28(1), 3–19.
Eccentric wrist extension
Rest your arm on a table with your hand hanging over the edge of the table with the palm facing down. Hold a light dumbbell and lift your hand up using your other hand. Then controlling the movement, allow the weight to lower your hand downwards. At the end of the movement, repeat by lifting your hand up again and repeat the downwards controlled movement.
Wrist extension stretch
Hold your arm and hand out in front of you, face your fingers to the floor and pull them backwards, towards you.