The pectoralis major muscle forms the anterior wall of the axilla. It originates in the clavicle, sternum, and first six costal cartilages and inserts in the greater tubercle of the humerus. This muscle serves several functions, such as adduction and medial rotation of the humerus. Thus it is used in many sports when arms act to push away a weight or during climbing when one arm pulls the body up to the other arm, which is fixed.
Excessive force against the muscle from pushing by other athletes in contact sports or excessive load on the muscle during training may cause inflammation of the insertion tendon on the humerus. This injury may produce pain and weakness in the shoulder, and difficulty raising the arm.
Needling the pectoral insertion tendon, the muscle proper, and the associated shoulder muscles is very helpful for accelerating recovery. When needling the pectoral muscles, the practitioner must be careful to avoid pneumothorax. Two sessions per week are recommended.
The elbow is a hinge joint that consists of three bones: the humerus, the ulna, and the radius. The distal end of the humerus articulates with the ulna and the radius. The humerus and ulna are reinforced medially by the ulnar collateral ligament, which includes three strong bands: the anterior oblique, posterior oblique, and transverse. The capsule is reinforced laterally by the radial collateral ligament, a strong triangular ligament. All these ligaments connect the humerus to the ulna to stabilize the elbow joint. The annular ligament binds the head of the radius to the ulna, forming the proximal radioulnar joint.
The elbow is capable of flexion and extension, as well as pronation and supination.
Elbow injuries may occur in all kinds of training and sports as a result of overuse or trauma. Dry needling acupuncture can be used in all cases of elbow injury for accelerating soft tissue healing, especially as an adjunct to other treatment modalities ranging from physical therapy to surgery.
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