The Healthy Hand and Wrist
The hand is a complex combination of small bones (phalanges, metacarpals, and carpals), muscles, and tendons. The intricate movements of the hand rely on the proper function of many joints. Here is a brief overview of the properties of a healthy hand and wrist:
- There are 27 bones in the wrist and hand.
- These bones are held together by muscles and tendons, each separated by a shock-absorbing layer of smooth articular cartilage.
- The cartilage allows the bones to roll over each other with little resistance.