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The anatomy of the wrist

& hand
A- Bones

8 bones form the wrist or


5 bones form the metacarpus

or palm.

The remaining 14 are digital

These eight bones of the wrist
are arranged in two rows of
four ( proximal and distal

The proximal raw : pisiform –


The distal raw: hamate –

metacarpal bone & phalangeal bone divide into :
Base- shaft – head

the 14 phalnges are divided to

Proximal-Middle – distal .
Exept the the thumb which contain only the proximal &
the distal
B- The joints of the hand.

1- wrist :
the distal end of the radius articulates
with two bones of the proximal raw of
the carbal bone which are the lunate &
the scaopoid & triquetrum to form the
wrist joint

2- Intercarpal joints :

Articulation between the carpal bones .
3- carpometacarpal joints :
The base of metacarpals articulate with
the distal raw of the carpal bones .
1st metacarpal ….. Trapezium
2nd metacarpal ….trapezoid , trapezium
., capitate .
3rd metacarpal …….capitate.
4th metacarpal ……hamate , capitate .
5th metacarpal …..hamate.
4- metacarpophalangeal joint :
The head of the metacarpals articulate
with the base of thr proximal phalnges
5- interphalangeal joint :
Which are 9 joints articulate between
the phalnges .
Ther is distal & proximal phalangeal
joints .exept the thumb .
C- Muscles and tendons
The muscles of the hand subdivided
into :
1- The intrinsic muscles are located
within the hand itself.
1- thenar .
2- hypothenar .
3- lumbrical.
4- Interossei.

2- The extrinsic muscles are located

proximally in the forearm and insert
to the hand skeleton by long
1- extensor .
2- flexor.
Extrinsic extensors
They can be divided into:
A - primary action is wrist extension

Extend & abduct the hand @ wrist joint

Extend & adduct the hand @ the wrist joint
2- primary action is at the digits

Extends the MCP of the thumb Extends the IP joint of the thumb

Abducts and extends the CMC of the thumb

Extends the fingers from II –V @ the MCJ, Extend little finger @ the MCP

p.S : all of the extrinsic extnsor group innerated by the radial nerve .
Extrinsic flexors
There are 3 layers of extrinsic flexors:
1- the superficial muscle: their primary action at the wrist or palm.

Adduct & flex & abduct

2- the intermediate muscle : Flexes PIP joints of 2-5 digits, assists in flexion of the MCP
joints and in wrist flexion.

3- the deep muscles : primary action at the digits.

. Flexes DIP joint of digits 2-5; assists in flexion of proximal

PIP and MCP joints of digits 2-5; may assist in flexion of wrist Flexes IP joint of thumb
p.S : all the extrinsic flexor are innervated b the median nerve exept the FCU by ulnar nerve .
Intrinsic muscles

Situated totally within the hand.

Divided into 4 groups:
1 -Thenar
2- Hypothenar
3- Lumbrical
4- Interossei
1- Thenar
The thenar group consists of :

Abducts the CMC and MCP joints of the thumb. Pull the thumb medially & dorward
across the palm

Flexes the MCP Adducts of the thumb

p.S : all the muscle of the thenar are innervated by median nerve except (AP) by deep
branch of the ulnar nerve .
The hypothenar group consists of:

Flexes the MCP joint of the little finger Abducts, assists in opposition

pull the 5th metacarpal forward & medially

p.S : all the muscle of this group innervated by the deep branch of the ulnar .
The lumbrical muscles contribute to:

Flexion of the MCP joints & Extension of the interphalangeal joints.

 p.s Nerve to Lumbricals I, II, Median

 Nerve to Lumbricals III, IV: deep branch of the Ulnar
The interossei group consists of :
3 palmar muscles
4 dorsal muscles

Innervated by thedeep branch of the

ulnar nerve

Dorsal interossei abduct the fingers

Palmar interossei adduct the fingers to

the hand axis.
End of the part
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By Mohad Mubarak
The hand is innervated by 3 nerves:
1- median nerve.
2- ulnar nerve.
3- radial nerve.

Each one has a sensory and motor

Median nerve
#Originates from the lateral and medial
cords of the brachial plexus (C5-T1).
#Palmar cutaneous branch provides
sensation at the thenar eminence.
#Recurrent motor branch innervates the
thenar and lumbrical muscles.
Sensory digital branches provide
sensation to:
3-Ring finger (radial side)
Ulnar nerve
Innervates the muscles involved in the power grasping function
of the hand.
It originates at the medial cord of the brachial plexus (C8-T1).
Motor branches innervate:
Flexor carpi ulnaris
Flexor digitorum profundus

@Palmar cutaneous branch provides sensation at the

hypothenar eminence.

The dorsal branch provides sensation to:

1-Ulnar portion of the dorsum of the hand and small finger.

2-Part of the ring finger.

@At the hand, the superficial branch forms the digital nerves.

Provide sensation at the small finger and ulnar aspect of the ring finger
Radial Nerve
Innervating the wrist extensors

Originates from the posterior cord of

the brachial plexus (C6-8).

At the elbow, motor branches innervate

the brachioradialis and extensor carpi
radialis longus muscles.
The radial and ulnar arteries, which are branches of the
brachial artery, provide the blood supply to the hand.
The radial artery runs distally in the
forearm between the brachioradialis
and flexor carpi radialis muscles.
The ulnar artery runs distally in the
forearm under the flexor carpi
ulnaris muscle.
The superficial palmar arch : is formed mainly by the ulnar artery with a
contribution of the radial artery, the arch gives raise to common palmar digital arteries
wich supply the palm & each divide into a pair of proper palmar digital arteries which
supply the finger

Deep palmer arch :

Is formed mainly by the
radial artery with a
contribution from a
branch of the ulnar artery
. It give raise to palmar
metacarpal arteries which
supply the palm and
anastomose with the
common palmar digital
arteries to the superficial
palmar arch
Veins generally follow the deep
arterial system as venae comitantes.

A superficial venous system also

exists at the dorsum of the hand

Contributes to the cephalic and

basilic vein in the upper extremity.
Dorsal digital veins : pass along the sides of the fingers and are joined to one
another by oblique communicating branches. Those from the adjacent sides of the fingers
unite to form three dorsal metacarpal veins
Dorsal metacarpal veins: which end in Dorsal venous network of hand
opposite the middle of the metacarpus.

Dorsal venous network of hand It is

found on the back of the hand and
gives rise to veins such as
the cephalic and the basilic veins .
Palmar metacarpal veins :
drains the metacarpal region of the palm, eventually draining into the deep palmar
venous arch. & then to the radial veins which drain the lateral aspect of the arm

Proper palmar digital : which drain into the common palmar digital veins then
drain to the superficial palmar venous arch and eventually draining to the ulnar
veins which drain the medial aspect of the arm .