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Pronator Quadratus Muscle: Forearm, Wrist, Thumb Pain

(Last Updated On: August 10, 2018)

The pronator quadratus muscle contributes to pain in the thumb, thumb pad and wrist. It can be a contributor to numbness in the hand and wrist.

What pain and symptoms are associated with the Pronator Quadratus muscle:

  • Pain is felt on the inside of the wrist near the thumb and sometimes extends into the base of the thumb and thumb.
  • Can contribute to numbness in the hand.

Where is the Pronator Quadratus muscle located?

  • The pronator quadratus connects the two bones in the forearm, the ulna and radius just above the wrist.

What movements do the Pronator Quadratus control?

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

Activities that cause pronator quadratus muscle pain and symptoms:

  • Movements that require a tight grip with twisting motion at the wrist
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Loosening screws with the right hand
  • Tightening screws with the left hand

The My Care Heating and Cooling Glove helps relieve hand and thumb pain caused by the pronator quadratus. Use cold for injury and swelling and heat for pain and stiffness.

The Pampered Chef Jar Opener should be in every kitchen. It prevents gripping and twisting motions that injure the hand and wrist. Great gadget for those with elbow, wrist, and hand arthritis.

Pronator Quadratus Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

You use the pronator quadratus muscle to rotate the forearm and wrist downward, facing the ground.

Interesting Facts About The Pronator Quadratus Muscle:

  • The pronator teres and pronator quadratus sometimes put pressure on the median nerve in the arm causing carpal tunnel like symptoms of numbness and tingling in the hand.

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

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome


For detailed anatomy information:  Pronator Quadratus Anatomy





Help with Pronator Quadratus Muscle Injury and Pain

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

Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is a cold therapy gel that provides pain relief for new injuries and is often 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 pronator quadratus muscle or have unexplained pain that has just started in the wrist and thumb, use Biofreeze. Rub the gel into the wrist and into the base of thumb as well as the thumb.

Warm Therapy Gel For Wrist, Hand, and Thumb Injury and 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 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 forearm, wrist, and down into the base of the thumb to ease the pain of the pronator quadratus.

Wrist Braces For Wrist Compression and Support

Because twisting motions of the wrist can cause injury and irritate the pronator quadratus 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.

The Neo G Medical Grade VCS Wrist and Thumb Support provides adjustable wrist support and compression to the wrist. The brace allows full movement of the 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.

Self Treatment Help For Pronator Quadratus Muscle Pain

Do you know that trigger points or other dysfunction of the pronator quadratus muscle can cause pain in the wrist which can travel to the base of the thumb and thumb? This muscle can also contribute to tingling and numbness in the wrist and thumb areas.

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 quadratus muscles 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.

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