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Hand and Wrist Anatomy


Ligaments

The fibrous tissues that connect bones to one another are ligaments. The wrist ligaments give the wrist amazing flexibility and strength. The stability of the wrist is mostly due to the placement of the individual carpal bones and the incredible strength of their ligamentous connections.
Hand and Wrist Anatomy Ligaments
The wrist ligaments pattern, almost a woven design, give much needed stability to the palm, allowing humans the ability to grasp small objects, manipulate their environment, and aid in our day to day life and survival. Each and every ligament plays a critical role in a person’s movements of their hand; the ligaments that hold the hand to the forearm give the wrist its strength and its unique flexibility. Nowhere else on the human body is there such phenomenal dexterity. These ligaments are not as well protected as most ligaments in the body, so these ligaments are singularly vulnerable and susceptible to injury, that even the slightest injury requires medical treatment.

When you experience instability of the wrist, it is often due to one of two factors: a weakening of the ligaments which connect the carpal bones (the bones that comprise the palm and the fingers) to the radius (one of the two bones that comprise the forearm) by either an acute injury (a fall) or a chronic injury (repetitive motion).

Many of the ligament injuries to the wrist are sprains, which are partial tears to a ligament. Wrist sprain treatment requires immobilizing the wrist and letting the area rest while it heals. It is difficult to keep the wrist stationery without help, so a wrist support brace allows proper healing of a wrist sprain.

The wrist ligaments are remarkably dexterous and heal well if given enough rest and support. Using a well-crafted wrist support brace is one of the most advantageous things you can do to aid your recovery from any ligament tear to a wrist or hand ligament. Many wrist braces on the market are ideally suited for a wrist sprain or ligament tear and are comfortable, breathable, and comfortable to the wearer. With most designed to be put on and removed with one hand, there are a great many options for anyone needing additional wrist support.


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