Where is the FPL tendon?


What is an FPL tendon?

What does the Flexor Pollicis Longus (FPL) Tendon do? The FPL tendon bends the tip of the thumb. It also works together with another tendon to bend the thumb over the base of the little finger. Your FPL starts in the tip of your thumb, travels through the wrist and attaches to a muscle in your forearm.

What is the FPL in the hand?

The flexor pollicis longus (FPL) is a long muscle located at the deep layer with flexor digitorum profundus and pronator quadratus in the anterior compartment of the forearm. Though it is situated at the forearm, it is classified as part of the extrinsic muscles of the hand as it’s function is seen in thumb movement.

How do you fix a flexor tendon?

Surgery will be required in order to repair the damaged tendon. A small incision is made to locate the ends of the tendon and they are then stitched back together. Flexor tendons are often difficult to get to and are located near important nerves so repair will generally occur under a general anaesthetic.

What is the FCR tendon?

The Flexor Carpi Radialis (FCR) is one of the tendons that helps flex the wrist. It is located on the palmar surface of the wrist, near the base of the thumb muscles. Overuse, usually from repetitive lifting with the palm up, may lead to FCR Tendinitis.

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What nerve is in the thumb?

Median nerve.

The median nerve supplies muscles that help bend the wrist and fingers. It is a main nerve for the muscles that bend the thumb. The median nerve also gives feeling to the skin on much of the hand around the palm, the thumb, and the index and middle fingers.