Flexor carpi radialis injury

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The flexor carpi radialis muscle is positioned in the anterior part of the forearm. The function of this muscle is to promote flexion of the wrist and has a vital role in the abduction of the wrists and hands.

If an individual is suspected with flexor carpi radialis injury, he/she ends up with diminished ability to extend the wrist or hand.

What are the indications?

Once an individual has flexor carpi radialis injury, the following indications are usually present:

  • Pain at the middle of the wrist that radiates to the thumb
  • Pain or discomfort is produced with bending or straightening the wrist
  • Pain when holding or twisting objects
    Flexor carpi radialis injury
    Pain at the middle of the wrist that radiates to the thumb.
  • Wrist pain that spreads towards the forearm

What are the causes?

  • Activities that require continuous twisting movements along with a tight grip
  • Sports such as squash, tennis or badminton as well as golf
  • Direct blow or strike to the wrist or palm region

What are the risk factors?

There are some medical conditions that can be caused by injury or damage to the flexor carpi radialis muscle such as:


When managing a flexor carpi radialis injury especially one that triggers wrist pain that spreads to the adjacent areas, it is ideally managed using massage or using braces or supports. The massage can be managed either using cold therapy or heat. Wrist braces and supports are also useful in alleviating the pain.

More Information / Disclaimer

The information posted on this page on flexor carpi radialis injury is for learning purposes only. Learn to recognize and manage muscle injuries by taking a standard first aid course with Victoria First Aid.

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