What is it about?
This article provides an overview of assessing the injured hand including general history and examination, with elaboration on common injuries by anatomical area.
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Why is it important?
Accurate assessment of the injured hand requires a good knowledge of its anatomy and function. The thumb contributes approximately 40% of hand function (Slocum and Pratt, 1946; Emerson et al, 1996). It is critical for pinch, grasp and fine manipulation, which are essential for daily activities.
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This page is a summary of: Assessment of hand injuries, British Journal of Hospital Medicine, March 2016, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/hmed.2016.77.3.c41.
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