Muscle Anatomy

extensor indicis

The Extensor Indicis muscle is located in the forearm, contributing to the extensor compartment. It is characterized by a slender and elongated structure, positioned along the ulnar side of the forearm.

Originating from the posterior surface of the ulna and the adjacent interosseous membrane, the Extensor Indicis takes its starting point from the bony and membranous structures of the forearm.

The muscle inserts at the extensor expansion of the index finger, specifically to the dorsal aspect of the index finger's middle phalanx. This insertion site establishes a critical connection with the skeletal structure of the index finger, influencing its extension.

Functionally, the Extensor Indicis is primarily responsible for extending the index finger at the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) and interphalangeal (IP) joints. It contributes to precision and control in movements involving the index finger, such as pointing or fine motor tasks. Additionally, the muscle plays a role in stabilizing the index finger during activities requiring dexterity and controlled hand movements. The Extensor Indicis is an essential component of the forearm musculature, facilitating specific movements associated with the index finger.