Patient Education: Wrist
The wrist is made up of the two bones of the forearm (the radius and ulna) and has eight separate bones, called carpals that provide movement and support to the hand. Many ligaments connect these bones to each other.
The joint surfaces are covered with a tough lubricating tissue called cartilage. Cartilage acts like a natural shock absorber, preventing both bone on bone contact and providing a smooth, pain-free surface for the bones to glide against.
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