Flexor Digitorum Profundus Muscle: Hand Finger Pain

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The Flexor Digitorum Profundus muscle contributes to pain in the fingers. It can also contribute to uncontrolled twitching in the fingers.

  • Pain in of any one or combination of the four fingers
  • Is a contributor to "trigger finger"; finger locks in bent position
  • Fingers sometimes have an uncontrollable twitch

Where is the Flexor Digitorum Profundus Muscle located?

The flexor digitorum profundus is a deep muscle that starts at the bottom of  the elbow, running down the back of the arm (pinky side) and connects via four tendons to the four fingers.

What movements do the Flexor Digitorum Profundus control?

  • Bends the fingers down toward the palm

Activities that cause flexor digitorum profundus muscle pain and symptoms:

  • Instruments or tools that require a tight grip (pen, pencil, hammer screwdriver, etc)
  • Hand tools that have a constant vibration (drill, sander)
  • Keyboarding and typing
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Gripping a steering wheel
  • Using scissors
  • Knitting and crocheting
  • Sewing
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You use the flexor digitorum profundus muscle to bend the four fingers down toward the palm.

Clinical diagnoses to which the flexor digitorum profundus muscle symptoms may contribute:

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • C7 C8 or T1 Radiculopathy
  • Gout
  • Trigger finger

Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the flexor digitorum profundus:

Satellite Trigger Points: Flexor Digitorum Superficialis , Flexor Pollicis Longus, Flexor Carpi Ulnaris, Palmaris Longus

For detailed anatomy information: Flexor Digitorum Profundus Anatomy Study

Also read: Flexor Digitorum Superficialis Muscle Anatomy


Help with Flexor Digitorum Profundus Muscle Finger Pain

Cold Therapy Treatment For Pain In The Fingers

Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is a cold therapy gel that provides pain relief for new injuries and is recommended as a maintenance treatment for overuse injuries.  Cold therapy should be used for new and recent injuries instead of heat as it cools the area much like ice and does not promote swelling. A recent study showed that Biofreeze decreased pain 2 times more than ice and the pain relief lasts 9 – 10 longer. If you have recently injured the flexor digitorum profundus muscle or have unexplained pain that has started in the fingers, use Biofreeze. Rub the gel around the elbow, down the inside of the forearm and into the wrist and hand.

Biofreeze is recommended for recent muscle injury
Elbow / Wrist Ice Wrap For Cold Treatment and Compression

Pain caused by the flexor digitorum profundus is felt in the four fingers. Though it is the fingers that hurt, it is important to treat the entire muscle for pain relief. The DonJoy DuraKold Wrist and Elbow Ice Wrap is a good choice for this pain. I like this wrap because it can be used for the elbow then repositioned to treat the forearm and wrist. The wrap retains the cold for well over an hour, however, the recommended cold therapy treatment time is 20 – 30 minutes per session, longer treatment time could result in tissue damage.

DonJoy Wrist and Elbow Cold Wrap
Warm Therapy Gel For Extensor Muscle, Arm, Elbow and Hand Injury and Arthritis Pain

Sombra Warm Therapy Pain Relieving Gel  is a pain relieving gel that I use both personally and professionally in my massage therapy practice. It provides warmth without burning heat that is associated with other heating creams and gels. It works well for post-injury pain and stiffness as well as chronic arthritis pain as it can be applied several times a day. Apply Sombra to the inside of the elbow, down the back and inside of the forearm. Also apply to the hand and fingers to ease the pain.

NOTE: Do not use Sombra Warming Gel when using ice packs or heat packs as there is a risk of blistering the skin. For the most effective treatment, apply 5 to 10 minutes before putting on a brace or sleeve.
Sombra Warm Therapy Gel provides pain relief.

Wrist Brace For Support

Because twisting motions of the wrist can cause injury and irritate the flexor digitorum profundus muscle, a wrist brace may help relieve pain in the wrist, hand, and fingers. The ActiveWrap Compression Wrap for the Hand & Wrist not only provides compression and support for the wrist and hand but also comes with insert gel packs for hot and cold treatment. The brace can be used on either hand and has two Velcro closures that can be adjusted for comfort.

ActiveWrap Wrist and Hand Hot and Cold Wrap
Full Arm Compression Sleeve for Elbow, Forearm and Wrist Pain

The CompressionZ Compression Arm Sleeves are for those who want or need more support for muscle injury, muscle recovery or lymphedema. The sleeves work well for those who have chronic elbow, forearm and wrist pain due to repetitive motions that can irritate the flexor muscles in the arm. The sleeves work well for athletes as well as people whose jobs require repetitive motions of the arm. The sleeves are available in 3 sizes and a variety of colors. Be sure to read the size chart and follow the instructions to ensure proper fit. Two sleeves per package

Arm Compression Sleeves
Compression Gloves For Support, Warmth, and Pain Relief

Whether the pain in your hands is caused by a muscle injury or arthritis, compression has been shown to help with pain relief. The Imak Compression Arthritis Gloves are some of the best on the market.

The gloves provide gentle compression which helps decrease both pain relief and inflammation. The seams of the gloves are sewn to the outside so you will not have irritation or discomfort. The finger openings are reinforced so that they will not fray with wear or during washing. I like this particular brand because the gloves are easier to get on and off than most other compression gloves. Reasonably priced too!

To determine your size measure straight across the widest part of your palm. Extra small: up to 2 3/4 inches wide. Small: up to 3 1/8 inches across. Medium: up to 3 1/2 inches across. Large: up to 4 inches across. Extra large: up to 4 1/2 inches across.

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Self Treatment Help For Flexor Digitorum Profundus Muscle Pain

Do you know that trigger points or other dysfunction in the flexor digitorum profundus can cause pain and twitching in fingers?

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief can help you treat this pain by teaching you the techniques to find and eliminate trigger points. Author Clair Davies explains the trigger point phenomenon and muscle pain in everyday language.  But what makes this book worth its weight in gold are the individual muscle trigger point treatments that Davies has compiled. His diagrams and step by step instructions help you locate which muscles are contributing to your pain, how to find the trigger point and treat it. It takes time and practice to master finding trigger points, but once you learn you have a tool and method to help relieve muscle pain throughout the body. If you are suffering from pain or twitching in the fingers, treating the trigger points in the flexor digitorum profundus muscle of the arm can help reduce or eliminate you pain.  This book is a must-have for anyone interested in finding the cause and treating muscle pain.

NOTE: The Flexor Digitorum Profundus is not listed in the index of the book. However, muscle pain and treatment information can be found on the Flexor Digitorum Superficialis page.

The Trigger Point Workbook can help you resolve muscle pain throughout your body.

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