What is the relevant anatomy of ulnar-sided wrist pain?

Updated: Apr 26, 2021
  • Author: David M Lichtman, MD; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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Because the structures of the wrist are highly interactive in producing normal and abnormal wrist mechanics, a brief review of the anatomy and kinetics of the entire carpus is included here. Refer to standard anatomy textbooks for further details. [1]

The wrist provides an anatomic link between the forearm and the hand. The wrist consists of the distal radius, the ulna, the carpal bones, and the bases of the metacarpals. The mobility of the wrist is determined by the shapes of the bones involved and by the attachments and lengths of the various ligaments.

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