Pronator Teres Muscle: Forearm, Wrist, Thumb Pain

Pronator Teres Pain Pattern

The pronator teres muscle can cause pain in the wrist and thumb area. It can also contribute to numbness in the hand.

  • Pain is felt on the inside of the wrist near the thumb and sometimes extends into the base of the thumb.
  • Pain may extend up the inside of the forearm toward the elbow.
  • Inability to cup the hand due to pain.
  • Numbness in the hand.

Where is the Pronator Teres muscle located?

The pronator teres  connects the upper arm bone (humerus) to the small bone of the lower arm (ulna).

What movements do the Pronator Teres control?

  • It rotates the arm so the palm is facing down toward the ground.
  • It helps bend the elbow.

Activities that cause pronator teres muscle pain and symptoms:

  • Movements that require a tight grip with twisting motion at the wrist
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Typing for long periods of time
  • Loosening screws with the right hand
  • Tightening screws with the left hand
Pronator Teres arm muscle location

You use the pronator teres muscle when you turn the palm downward or bend the elbow.

Interesting facts about the Pronator Teres muscles:

  • The pronator teres sometimes puts pressure on the median nerve in the arm. This can cause numbness in the hand and is sometimes diagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Clinical diagnoses to which the pronator teres muscle symptoms may contribute:

  • Lateral epicondylitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • C6 or C7 radiculopathy
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Charcot’s Joint
  • Peripheral neuropathy

Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the pronator teres muscle:

For detailed anatomy information see: Pronator Teres Anatomy Study


Help with Pronator Teres Wrist, Forearm, and Thumb Pain

Cold Therapy Gel For Extensor Arm, Elbow, and Hand Injury Pain

Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gelis a cold therapy gel that provides pain relief for new injuries and is recommended as a maintenance treatment for over use injuries. Cold therapy should be used on 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 pronator teres muscle or have unexplained pain that has just started in the wrist and thumb, use Biofreeze. Rub the gel onto the front of the elbow all around the bend and half way down the front of the arm.

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

The pronator teres can cause pain and numbness in the thumb and wrist which can radiate up into the forearm.  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 and repositioned for the 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 like found 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, forearm rubbing it down into the base of the thumb 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 To Support Wrist and Thumb

Because twisting motions of the wrist can cause injury and irritate the pronator teres muscle, a wrist brace can help relieve pain in the wrist and thumb area.  The ActiveWrap Compression Wrap for the Hand & Wrist not only provides compression and support in the wrist and thumb pad, 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
The Neo G Medical Grade VCS Wrist and Thumb Support provides adjustable wrist support and compression to the wrist. The brace allows full movement hand, fingers,  and thumb while providing support to the wrist. A good choice for those who need wrist support but need full mobility of the hand and fingers.
wrist-brace

Compression Sleeves for Pronator Teres Muscle Pain

Support and Light Compression Sleeve For Pronator Teres Symptoms For post injury treatment or for those who suffer from chronic pain due to the pronator teres muscle the McDavid Elastic Elbow Sleeve will help by providing light support, as well as gentle compression to the muscle.  Pull the sleeve up just to the top of the elbow joint which will allow the sleeve to cover the entire muscle. The sleeve can be used as a maintenance treatment  those who play tennis and golf as well as construction workers who use tight grips with wrist and elbow twisting motions. For correct size measure around elbow: Small 8-9 1/2"  Medium 9 1/2 - 11" Large 11 - 12 " X-Large 12 - 14"
mcdavid-elbow-support
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 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

Arm Compression Sleeves
BandIT Therapeutic Forearm Band: Compression Band for Tennis Elbow, Golf Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Repetitive Stress Injuries

The BandIT Forearm Band is worn by many professional athletes to prevent and relieve muscle pain caused by repetitive motions of the elbow and wrist. The BandIT uses selective pressure on the forearm muscles without cutting off circulation, limiting range of motion or causing swelling around the band. Though I do not recommend this as a long-term treatment or for long-term wear, the BandIT can help relieve pain for athletes to help get through a game or for those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome that want pain relief while typing to make a deadline. Read and follow the enclosed instructions for temporary relief from forearm, wrist, hand, and finger pain.

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Self Treatment For Pronator Teres Pain

Do you know that trigger points or other dysfunction of the pronator teres muscle can cause pain in the wrist which can travel into the base of the thumb as well as numbness in the hand?

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief can help you treat this wrist and thumb 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 in the wrist, thumb or forearm,  treating the trigger points in the pronator teres muscles 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.

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

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