Abductor Digiti Minimi Hand Muscle Pain Pattern

Abductor Digiti Minimi Muscle Of The Hand Trigger Point Pain

The abductor digiti minimi is a muscle located on the little finger side of the hand. Trigger points in the muscle cause pain in the outside of the hand that goes into the little finger.


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    Abductor Digiti Minimi Muscle

    Where Is The Abductor Digiti Minimi Hand Muscle?

    It connects to a bone in the wrist (pisiform bone) running along the outside of the hand to connect with the base part of the little finger (proximal phalanx).

    What Movements Does It Control?

    It moves the little finger out and away from the other three fingers

    For detailed muscle anatomy: Abductor Digiti Minimi  Hand Anatomy

    What Pain and Symptoms Are Associated With The Abductor Digiti Minimi Hand Muscle?

    • Pain is located on the back and side of the hand just below the little finger
    • Pain extends up into the lower half of the little finger

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    What Causes Trigger Points To Develop In The Abductor Digiti Minimi Hand Muscle?

    • Activities that require repetitively moving the little finger away from the fingers ie. typing and reaching for the outside keys such as shift and enter.
    • Playing musical instruments such as violin, cello, guitar and piano which require holding the little finger away from the other fingers

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    Abductor Digiti Minimi Hand Trigger Point Treatment

    Trigger points in the muscle are easily treated. Use the opposite hand to palpate and feel for sore and tender points in the outside of the hand. When you find a tender spot apply pressure to the spot for 10 seconds, then continue looking for other sore areas. Gently check the little finger using the same method starting at the bottom of the finger working up to the tip.

    When done, using the index finger and thumb of the opposite hand, starting at the bottom of the finger massage up the finger gently pulling upwards. If that causes pain, lessen the pressure or stop. It should feel good, not cause pain!

    Trigger points respond best to several 1-2 minutes treatments spread throughout the day.

    I also recommend using a small hard ball to roll the palm of the hand. Place the ball on a table and slowly roll the ball using the palm. You should use some pressure, but just enough so that it feels good. Do this for a minute on each hand to help with hand flexibility as well as pain relief.


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    Interesting facts:

    • It is one of the three muscles that make up the hypothenar eminence, the pad located on the outside of the hand opposite of the thumb pad
    • Is sometimes used as a donor muscle to restore function in a thumb that has been injured and has lost the ability to move

    Abductor digiti minimi muscle pain and symptoms can be similar to, contribute to, and be affected by these medical diagnoses:

    • Cubital tunnel syndrome

    Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the abductor digiti minimi:

    TWD Recommended Pain Gels For Injury And Arthritis:

    Sombra Warm Therapy Gel is recommended for relaxing muscles and relieving pain. It warms without the burning heat of other gels. An excellent choice for pain caused by trigger points, muscle/joint over-use and stiffness, and arthritis. You should keep Somba on hand, it provides almost instant relief for muscle and joint pain. (Not sold in stores)

    Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is an excellent pain-relieving gel recommend for those who have sudden onset muscle pain or recent injuries.  It is better to use than warm therapy gels and creams for muscle pain caused by inflammation as it cools the area much like ice. If your pain is from a recent injury use Biofreeze. It is excellent to use on sprains, strained and sore muscles and joints.