The palmaris longus muscle contributes to pain in the wrist, the palm of the hand, and will sometimes extend up into the forearm.
- Pain is a burning or tingling sensation, not aching or pounding pain
- Pain is felt in the palm of the hand extending toward the thumb pad, but the pain is not felt in the thumb itself.
- Cupping the hand will cause pain
- Pain is felt in the palm when gripping items with the hand
- Pain will sometimes extend up into the forearm
Where is the Palmaris Longus muscle located?
The palmar longus connects to the elbow (little finger side) and descends down to connect into the heel of the hand.
What movements do the Palmaris Longus control?
- Bends the wrist down
- Assists in flexing (bending) the forearm
- It assists in cupping the hand
Activities that cause palmaris longus muscle pain and symptoms:
- Falling and landing on your hands
- Gripping items that put pressure on the palm of the hand ie. garden tools, hand tools
- Using crutches
Interesting facts about the palmaris longus muscles:
- Because of the burning and tingling pain in the hand, palmaris longus dysfunction is often diagnosed as cervical radiculopathy
- Dysfunction in this muscle can cause the ring and little finger to curl into the palm of the hand. This condition is associated with Dupuytren’s contracture
- Muscle is absent in 10% of the population
You use the palmaris longus to bend your forearm and wrist and cup your hand.
Clinical diagnoses to which the palmaris longus muscle symptoms may contribute:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- C7 C8 or T1 radiculopathy
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Dupuytren’s contracture
Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the palmaris longus muscle:
Help with Palmaris Longus Wrist, Hand, and Forearm Pain
Pain caused by the extensor digitorum can be felt from the elbow, down the forearm to the wrist and fingers. 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 and forearm then repositioned for the wrist and hand. 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.
Because twisting and bending motions of the forearm and wrist can cause palmaris longus muscle pain, a wrist brace can help relieve pain in the forearm, wrist, and hand. The ActiveWrap Compression Wrap for the Hand & Wrist not only provides compression and support in 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.
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 extensor muscles in the arm. The sleeves work well for athletes as well as people whose jobs require repetitive twisting motions of the wrist. 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
Do you know that trigger points or other dysfunction in the palmaris longus muscle can cause burning tingling pain in wrist and palm of the hand which can travel up into the forearm?
The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief can help you treat forearm and hand 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 tingling burning pain in the wrist, hand and forearm, treating the trigger points in the palmaris longus muscle of the arm can help reduce or eliminate your pain. This book is a must-have for anyone interested in finding the cause and treating muscle pain.