Decoupling the wrist: A cadaveric experiment examining wrist kinematics following midcarpal fusion and scaphoid excision

Jennifer A. Nichols, Michael S. Bednar, Robert M. Havey, Wendy M. Murray*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

At the wrist, kinematic coupling (the relationship between flexion-extension and radial-ulnar deviation) facilitates function. Although the midcarpal joint is critical for kinematic coupling, many surgeries, such as 4-corner fusion (4CF) and scaphoidexcision 4-corner fusion (SE4CF), modify the midcarpal joint. This study examines how 4CF and SE4CF influence kinematic coupling by quantifying wrist axes of rotation. Wrist axes of rotation were quantified in 8 cadaveric specimens using an optimization algorithm, which fit a 2-revolute joint model to experimental data. In each specimen, data measuring the motion of the third metacarpal relative to the radius was collected for 3 conditions (nonimpaired, 4CF, SE4CF). The calculated axes of rotation were compared using spherical statistics. The angle between the axes of rotation was used to assess coupling, as the nonimpaired wrist has skew axes (ie, angle between axes approximately 60°). Following 4CF and SE4CF, the axes are closer to orthogonal than those of the nonimpaired wrist. The mean angle (±95% confidence interval) between the axes was 92.6° ± 25.2° and 99.8° ± 22.0° for 4CF and SE4CF, respectively. The axes of rotation defined in this study can be used to define joint models, which will facilitate more accurate computational and experimental studies of these procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-23
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Biomechanics
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2017

Keywords

  • Axes of rotation
  • Kinematics
  • Motion analysis
  • Scaphoid-excision four-corner fusion
  • Wrist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation

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