Upper Limb Anatomy
Upper Limb Anatomy

Upper Limb Anatomy

by James Pickering, PhD

The upper limbs are the superior extensions of the trunk, enabling humans to grasp and use tools as well as traverse the environment by reaching and climbing. Grossly speaking, the upper limbs are made of three articulated segments: the arm, the forearm, and the hand.

In this course, the student will be introduced to the osteology of the upper limb; its muscles, irrigation, and innervation; the armpit; and a detailed look at the anatomy of the hand.

For optimal comprehension, the student is encouraged to correlate the lessons of this course with their counterparts in histology, physiology, and embryology.

In trauma situations, the limbs are frequently injured. In falls, for example, the upper limbs are used to protect the face and head from impact. It also stands to reason that as the most distal prolongations of the body and usually the primary means of interaction with the world, they are the receptors of noxious stimuli.

For the adequate diagnosis and management of fractures and other conditions that affect the upper limbs, a physician and nurse are required to have a good understanding of the anatomy of the upper limbs. In the field of orthopedics, both upper and lower limbs are of special interest because of the need for surgical correction of certain fractures.

Course Details

  • Videos 51
  • Duration 4:58 h
  • Quiz questions 158
  • Concept Pages 10


Your Educators of course Upper Limb Anatomy

 James Pickering, PhD

James Pickering, PhD

Dr. James Pickering is a Professor of Anatomical Education at the University of Leeds, UK.
He obtained his PhD from the University of Leeds in 2019. Currently, he undertakes and publishes research within the areas of anatomy education, digital education, and curriculum design and evaluation.
Due to his achievements, he earned the University of Leeds Teaching Award and was named The Most Innovative Teacher of the Year 2014 and Learning Technologist of the Year 2014.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Pickering teaches courses on Anatomy.

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By Kashif K. on 27. September 2022 for Upper Limb Anatomy

It's was very helpful and interesting thank you doctor James pickering for making it easy for me

By MCAT D. on 03. August 2022 for Upper Limb Anatomy

I really like how briefly the instructor taught us despite the subject being hard to explain

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By Brianna V. on 06. June 2022 for Upper Limb Anatomy

I think the content of the material is excellent, but I wish the diagrams were clearer and bigger. It is difficult to learn anatomy when labels are not clear. I think it would be helpful if lecturers could walk through 3D models

Simplified and concise method ????????
By Lerato N M. on 03. May 2022 for Upper Limb Anatomy

The different parts and compartments being broken down into separate short videos makes learning an awful lot better