Intrinsic muscles of the hand (mnemonic)

Last revised by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking on 24 Aug 2021

Useful mnemonics to recall the intrinsic muscles of the hand and some of their features include:

  • All For One And One For All
  • PAd DAb
  • FOAL/LOAF

Mnemonics

All For One And One For All

This mnemonic recalls the intrinsic muscles of the hand in their relative palmar anatomical position from lateral to medial:

PAd DAb

This mnemonic recalls the function of the palmar and dorsal interossei:

FOAL/LOAF

This mnemonic recalls the four intrinsic muscles of the hand innervated by the median nerve, whereas all the other intrinsic muscles are ulnar nerve:

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