Kinematics of the wrist with a new dynamic external fixation device

J. C. Goslings, M. F. DaSilva, S. F. Viegas, S. M. Perren, R. M. Patterson

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The kinematic properties of a new dynamic external fixator device for treatment of distal radial fractures are described. Using a combination of data obtained from computed tomography scans and high-speed video images, a three-dimensional reconstruction of carpal motion was made. To describe carpal motion, the radiolunate, capitolunate, and scapholunate angles were measured during flexion and extension and during radioulnar deviation. During these types of motion, the device changed normal carpal kinematics to a limited extent although the differences in kinematic pattern with and without the device were small. The results for flexion and extension correspond with data from previously published studies with other dynamic external fixators. However, because the new device (Flexafix) allows flexion and extension and radioulnar deviation, in contrast to other dynamic external fixation devices, with its use normal carpal kinematics can be approached more closely.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-234
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
StatePublished - 2001


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