Brachioradialis Muscle - Muscle Physiology & Functional Anatomy





  • Upper two thirds of lateral supracondylar ridge of humerus & lateral intermuscular septum


  • Base of the styloid process (distal radius)

Major Arteries:

  • Radial recurrent artery


Neural Innervation:

  • Radial nerve (C5-C6)


Trigger Points:

Brachioradialis Trigger Points




Concentric Functions:

  • Elbow flexion

Eccentric Functions:

  • Deceleration of elbow extension


Isometric Function:


Related Muscles





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Brachioradialis Muscle

More Information about the Brachioradialis Muscle

The brachioradialis muscle is a synergist of the biceps brachii.  It is a stronger flexor of the elbow when the forearm (radioulnar joint) is in mid position somewhere between supination & pronation.  When the forearm is pronated, the brachioradialis muscle is more active during flexion of the elbow because the biceps brachii does not have mechanical advantage. 

When the forearm is completely pronated, the brachioradialis tends to supinate as it flexes while the opposite action is true when the radioulnar joint is in a supinated position where it tends to pronate as it flexes.


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