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The Use of Contact Biomechanics to Study the Intact, Proximal Row Carpectomy and Scaphoid Excision, Four Bone Fusion Wrist

[ Vol. 16 , Issue. 3 ]


David H. Wei and Peter Tang *   Pages 189 - 193 ( 5 )


The study of contact biomechanics of the wrist is a challenge. This is partly due to the relatively small size of the joint as well as the lack of space in the radiocarpal joint which makes the delivery of investigative materials such as pressure sensitive film without causing artifact, difficult. Fortunately, a number of authors have studied the intact wrist, the scapholunate ligament injured wrist, the proximal row carpectomy and the scaphoid excision, four bone fusion. Despite some contrasting findings, there are some general concepts that we understand about wrist mechanics.


Contact biomechanics, proximal row carpectomy, scaphoid excision, four bone fusion, wrist, radiocarpal joint.


Orthopaedic & Neurosurgical Specialists, Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, CT, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh, PA

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