Lumbrical Muscles of Hand contribute to pain in the back of the hand and fingers. Pain is most commonly felt in the index and little fingers and not always in the middle fingers.

Lumbrical Muscles of Hand Pain: Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain in the fingers,
  • Pain in the index and little finger pain most common
  • Pain in the finger joints
  • Stiffness in the finger joints
  • Pain and or stiffness while closing and opening the hand
  • Pinching using the thumb and fingers is painful
  • Gripping objects such as pens, pencils, needles for hand sewing or knitting between the thumb and fingers causes pain and discomfort

Where are the Lumbrical Muscles of Hand located?

The lumbrical muscles of the hand are four muscles found between the bones of the hand that connect to the bottom of the four fingers.

What movements do the hand lumbrical muscles control?

  • Bends fingers at the first knuckle (the knuckle found on the hand at the base of the fingers)
  • Helps to straighten the fingers at the middle and top knuckles of the fingers

Activities that cause hand lumbrical muscle pain and symptoms:

  • Activities that require constant use of the thumb and fingers in a pincher motion
  • Extended periods of knitting, crocheting, or hand sewing
  • Extended periods of writing with a pen or pencil
  • Artistic painting
  • Playing musical instruments such as the violin, cello and guitar
  • Pulling weeds
Lumbricals Hand Muscles

You use the lumbrical muscles of the hand when you bend your fingers.

Interesting facts about the lumbrical muscles of the hand:

The lumbrical muscles are unusual because they do not connect to a bone. They connect four tendons extending from the flexor digitorum profundus into tendons connected to the extensor digitorum.

Lumbrical Muscles Of The Hand Muscle Pain and Symptoms Can Be Similar To and Contribute To These Medical Diagnosis:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • C6  radiculopathy
  • C8 or T1 radiculopathy
  • Ganglion cyst
  • Carpometacarpal dysfunction
  • De Quervain’s stenosing tenosynovitis
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture
  • Raynaud’s Disease

Satellite Trigger Points:

  • Flexor Pollicis Brevis
  • Abductor Pollicis Brevis
  • Opponens Pollicis
  • Adductor Pollicis
  • Long Extensor Muscles of the Fingers
  • Long Flexor Muscles of the Fingers
  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Pectoralis Major
  • Scalenes
  • Triceps Brachii`

For detailed anatomy information: Lumbricals of the Hand Anatomy

Lumbrical Muscles of the Hand Pain Relief Recommendations

Cold Therapy Treatment For Pain In The Back of the Hand and Fingers

Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is a cold therapy gel that provides pain relieve for new injuries and is great 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 times longer. If you have recently injured the hand’s lumbrical  muscles or have unexplained pain that has started in the back of the hand extending into the index and small fingers, use Biofreeze. Rub the gel into the back of the hand and fingers for pain relief.

Warm Therapy for Post Injury, Chronic Hand and Finger Pain

Sombra Warm Therapy 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 other over the counter heating creams and gels.  It works well for post injury pain and stiffness. It is great for chronic arthritis pain as it can be applied several times a day. Apply Sombra to  the back of the hand and into the fingers to ease lumbrical muscle pain.

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.

Hand Exercise Kit To Reduce Pain and Restore Mobility

The Gaiam Restore Hand Therapy Kit is a must have for anyone experiencing hand pain and stiffness. If your hands are stiff and painful gripping objects is painful making everyday tasks difficult.  The kit comes with instructions and exercises that will help you reduce pain and regain mobility. The roller is very helpful and soothing for lumbrical muscles. I use this kit and the exercises nearly everyday to help keep my hands limber and pain free.

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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