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Load transfer through the radiocarpal joint and the effects of partial wrist arthrodesis on carpal bone behaviour : a finite element study

Gislason, Magnus Kjartan and Stansfield, Benedict and Bransby-Zachary, Marc and Hems, Tim and Nash, David (2012) Load transfer through the radiocarpal joint and the effects of partial wrist arthrodesis on carpal bone behaviour : a finite element study. Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume), 37 (9). pp. 871-878. ISSN 1753-1934

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    Abstract

    A finite element model of the wrist was developed to simulate mechanical changes that occur after surgery of the wrist. After partial arthrodesis, the wrist will experience altered force transmission during loading. Three different types of partial arthrodesis were investigated: radiolunate, radioscaphoid and radioscapholunate fusions and compared to the healthy untreated wrist. The results showed that the compressive forces on the radiocarpal joint decreased compared to the untreated wrist with both radiolunate and radioscaphoid fusions. The load transmission through the mid carpal joints varied depending on arthrodesis type. The forces in the extrinsic ligaments decreased with the fusion, most noticeably in the dorsal radiotriquetral ligament, but increased in the dorsal scaphotriquetral ligament. From the results of the study it can be concluded that the radioscapholunate fusion shows the most biomechanically similar behaviour out of the three fusion types compared to the healthy wrist. The modelling described in this paper may be a useful approach to pre-operative planning in wrist surgery.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 34422
    Keywords: finite element modelling, partial wrist arthrodesis, wrist biomechanics, ligament forces, load transmission, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Human anatomy, Physiology, Biomedical Engineering, Computational Mechanics, Anatomy, Physiology (medical), Modelling and Simulation
    Subjects: Technology > Mechanical engineering and machinery
    Science > Human anatomy
    Science > Physiology
    Department: Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering > Bioengineering
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    Depositing user: Pure Administrator
    Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2011 14:09
    Last modified: 15 Aug 2014 05:07
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/34422

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