Our hand which includes our fingers and opposable thumb is one of the key things that sets us apart from other mammals. 

The hand is made up of dozens of bones and joints, even more ligaments and tendons and a vast number of nerves, arteries and veins.

The joints in our hands allow flexion and extension of our fingers and a combination of movements at our wrists and thumbs.  

Injury around the hand can severely impact our ability to complete activities of daily living and often we under appreciate how much work our hands actually do in almost every activity.

Carpal tunnel syndrome and osteoarthritis can both be a result of overuse of the hand and fracture or Skier’s thumb can result more commonly from acute traumatic events.