Does Wrist Laxity Influence Three-Dimensional Carpal Bone Motion? Journal of biomechanical engineering Best, G. M., Zec, M. L., Pichora, D. R., Kamal, R. N., Rainbow, M. J. 2018; 140 (4)

Abstract

Previous two-dimensional (2D) studies have shown that there is a spectrum of carpal mechanics that varies between row-type motion and column-type motion as a function of wrist laxity. More recent three-dimensional (3D) studies have suggested instead that carpal bone motion is consistent across individuals. The purpose of this study was to use 3D methods to determine whether carpal kinematics differ between stiffer wrists and wrists with higher laxity. Wrist laxity was quantified using a goniometer in ten subjects by measuring passive wrist flexion-extension (FE) range of motion (ROM). In vivo kinematics of subjects' scaphoid and lunate with respect to the radius were computed from computed tomography (CT) volume images in wrist radial and ulnar deviation positions. Scaphoid and lunate motion was defined as "column-type" if the bones flexed and extended during wrist radial-ulnar deviation (RUD), and "row-type" if the bones radial-ulnar deviated during wrist RUD. We found that through wrist RUD, the scaphoid primarily flexed and extended, but the scaphoids of subjects with decreased laxity had a larger component of RUD (R2?=?0.48, P?

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