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Chapter-07 Wrist and Hand

BOOK TITLE: Textbook of Kinesiology

Author
1. Bindal VD
ISBN
9789352704521
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/18057_8
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
12
Author Affiliations
1. Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (Deemed to be University) Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
Chapter keywords
Carpometacarpal joint, ulnar collateral ligament, radial collateral ligament, flexor, extensor, wrist adductor, palmaris longus, flexor carpi ulnaris, extensor digiti minimi

Abstract

The joints of the wrist, hand and fingers are often overlooked in their importance, while compared with larger joints of the body needed for ambulation. The fine motor skills and movement characteristics of wrist and hand are needed for various manipulative and other activities, i.e. drawing, painting, writing etc. There are many sports with skilled activities that require precise functioning of the wrist and hand. The functional anatomy of the wrist and hand is complex because of many muscles, bones and ligaments combined with relatively small joint size. The wrist and hand region has 29 bones including radius and ulna, more than 25 joints, and more than 30 muscles. Ulnar collateral ligament, radial collateral ligament, and dorsal or posterior radiocarpal ligament are many ligaments in the wrist and hand that provide support and static stability to the joints. A detailed discussion on the movements of wrist and hand, and muscles of wrist and hand has been provided in this chapter.

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