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Pronator Teres Muscle: Forearm, Wrist, Thumb Pain

(Last Updated On: August 10, 2018)

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

What Symptoms and Pain Are Associated With The Pronator Teres Muscle?

  • 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
Items To Help Avoid Further Pronator Teres Injury and Reduce Pain:

Using a tight grip while twisting the wrist is stressful for arm and hand muscles. The Pampered Chef Bottle and Jar Opener can alleviate this repetitive motion and help relieve your pain.

Using a wrist rest while using the keyboard and mouse helps a lot with pronator teres muscle pain. The Handstands Beaded Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse Wrist Rest Combo is a great choice.

The twisting motion while inserting and removing screws is hard on hand and arm muscles often causing soreness and cramping. Electric and cordless tools like this Skil screwdriver are muscle pain savers!

Pronator Teres Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

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
  • Raynaud's Disease


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

For detailed anatomy information:  
Pronator Teres Anatomy Study





Help with Pronator Teres Wrist, Forearm, and Thumb Pain

Cold Therapy Gel For Pronator Teres Arm, Elbow, and Hand Injury and Pain

Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is a cold therapy gel that provides pain relieve for new injuries and is great as a maintenance treatment for overuse and repetitive use injuries such as tennis elbow. 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 into the elbow, down the front of the forearm, and into the thumb and thumbpad.

Cold Compression Sleeve For 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.

Warm Therapy Gel For Arm, Elbow and Hand Injury and Arthritis Pain

For arthritic or chronic shoulder, arm, elbow and hand pain relief I recommend Sombra Warm Therapy Pain Relieving Gel. Sombra provides warmth without burning and is better at relieving pain than other over the counter pain creams. To relieve pronator teres muscle pain apply Sombra to the inside of the elbow and forearm rubbing it down into the base of the thumb to ease the pain.

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.

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.

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 pronator 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 Sleeve for the Pronator Teres

I like the Kunto Elbow Support Sleeve not only for the excellent support but also because it is comfortable to wear. It provides support without binding or limiting movement and it actually stays in place. The sleeve is available in 4 sizes. If you deal with elbow pain or need some extra support for tennis, golf, or other activities, this sleeve is what you need.

Sizing measuring elbow circumference:

Large:  Over 13"
Medium:  10.5" - 13"
Small: 8.5" - 10.5"
X-Small:  Under 8.5"

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.

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 and cause numbness in the hand?

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Reliefcan 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.

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