Understanding the Hands & Wrists

The wrist is where the arms bones (the radius and ulna) met the eight carpal bones that comprise the wrist and the palm. The carpal bones then connect to the fingers (the metacarpals and phalanges). Small muscles and tendons in the hands allow you to make a fist, open and flex the hand, and complete fine movements.

Hand & Wrist Injuries

Common hand and wrist injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and sprains and fractures to the fingers, thumb and wrist. It’s also possible to develop a ganglion cyst, a soft tissue mass that occurs when fluid from the joint leaks into nearby tissue. 

Hand & Wrist Injury Symptoms

Symptoms will vary depending on your injury or condition and may include pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness, and stiffness in the wrist or fingers.


Treatment for your hand or wrist injury may include physical therapy, pain management, immobilization with a cast or a brace, or surgery. Our team’s hand and wrist specialist Dr. Jeffrey Haasbeek will determine a treatment that’s right for you. The St. Lawrence Health System orthopedic practice is also home to St. Lawrence County’s only hand therapy program.