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Hand & Wrist Exam

Bony Landmarks


Bony Landmarks of the Wrist

  • Head of ulna - proximally, articulating with the radial head.
  • Styloid process of ulna - distally.
  • Head of radius - proxiamlly, articulating with the distal humerus and radial head.
  • Styloid process of radius - distally, attaching to the brachioradialis.

Bony Landmarks of the Hand

  • Proximal carpal bones - scaphoid, lunate, triquetrum, pisiform
  • Distal carpal bones - trapezium, trapezoid, capitate, hamate (including hook of hamate)
  • Metacarpals - palpate the bases, bodies and heads of each of the metacarpals. Squeeze across the metacarpal heads.
  • Phalanges - proximal, intermediate (2-5), and distal.
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