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

What are the pain and symptoms associated with the Flexor Digitorum Profundus Muscle?

  • Pain in 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 attaches at the bottom of  the elbow (ulna), running down the inside of the forearm arm toward the pinky side and connects via four tendons to the base of the four fingers (phalanges).

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

Suggested Items To Help Avoid Further Flexor Digitorum Profundus Injury and Reduce Pain:

Sore, achy, and stiff hands can make life miserable! The My Care Heat and Cold Glove can be used cold for swelling hands and joints or warmed to provide relief to stiffness.

Using a keyboard and mouse for hours at a time can make hand and fingers ache. Using a wrist rest while using a computer can relieve pain and relax muscles.

Gripping skinny pens and pencils for long periods of time can cause problems in the flexor digitorum profundus. The Super Big Fat Pen will make writing more comfortable.

Do your hands or fingers tend to cramp or tingle while driving?  A thick cushioned steering wheel cover can help relieve the tension of your grip and make driving more comfortable.

Diagram of the Flexor Digitorum Profundus Muscle

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

Satellite trigger points associated with the flexor digitorum profundus muscle:

  • Pectoralis Minor
  • Scalene Muscles

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.

Cold Wrap For Forearm Injury and Pain

Freeze Sleeve Cold Therapy Compression Sleeve is recommended by medical professionals for treatment of injury, recovery, and over-use soreness. The sleeve provides total circumference cold therapy and compression that other cold treatments do not provide. The sleeve slides on and features material that can be worn on bare skin, allowing you to be mobile during treatment. It can be used for most areas of the arms and legs. It works well for an injured flexor muscles of the arm.

Warm Therapy Gel For Finger Pain 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 elbow, down the front of the forearm and inside of the forearm. Also apply to the hand and fingers to ease the pain of the flexor muscles

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 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

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 fingers opening 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.

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.

Donna Martin

Massage Therapist Owner: Twelve years of experience working with clients with chronic pain, post injury pain, and post surgery pain. Muscle dysfunction is often overlooked but can hold the key to many pain conditions.

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