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The wrist is a complex joint composed of a number of synovial joints located between the radius, ulna, and carpal bones (Figure 10.7 and Figure 10.8). It is important to recognize that the radius forms the principle articulation with the proximal row of carpal bones at the wrist. Additional joints, the carpometacarpal, metacarpal phalangeal, and interphalangeal, make movement of the thumb and fingers possible. Only the major divisions of joints and their associated ligaments are identified in this exercise. Consult a text or atlas for a more complete review of these joints.
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