Flexor Carpi Radialis

Author: Dr Peter de Souza
Last modified: 13 December 2020

Flexor Carpi Radialis

The structure indicated is the flexor carpi radialis muscle.

The flexor carpi radialis is one of four muscles in the superficial layer of muscles in the anterior compartment of the forearm. The anterior compartment of the forearm consists of three layers of muscles:

  1. Superficial layer
  2. Intermediate layer
  3. Deep layer

Four muscles are located in the superficial layer (from lateral to medial):

  1. Flexor carpi ulnaris
  2. Palmaris longus
  3. Flexor carpi radialis
  4. Pronator teres

All four muscles of the superficial layer have a common origin on the medial epicondyle of the humerus.

Origin: Medial epicondyle of humerus

Insertion: Bases of 2nd and 3rd metacarpals

Action: flexion and abduction of wrist

Innervation: median nerve

Learn more about the anatomy of the forearm muscles in this tutorial.