Our human hand has 27 bones: the carpals or wrist counts 8; the metacarpals or palm contains 5; the remaining 14 are digital bones; thumb and fingers . The palm has 5 bones known as metacarpal bones, one to each of the 5 digits. This printable template in MS Word (Docx) is easy to print and also can be converted to PDF. The documents itself only show the left hand but you can easy mirror it horizontal if needed.
The bones in our hand provide support and flexibility to the soft tissues. The bones can be divided into 3 categories:
- Carpal bones (Proximal) – A set of 8 irregularly shaped bones. These are located in the wrist area.
- Metacarpals – There are 5 metacarpals, each one related to a digit
- Phalanges (Distal) – The bones of the fingers. Each finger has 3 phalanges, except for the thumb, which has 2.
The template for example can be used to describe a skier's thumb visually to patients and students, to let them understand why a you need a brace to fix your thumb. A Skier's thumb is an acute partial or complete rupture of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the thumb’s metacarpophalangeal joint (MCPJ) due to a hyperabduction trauma of the thumb. You could also use to it explain common hand and wrist injuries due to golf, tennis and other sports (wrist tendinitis).
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