Stability of the transverse carpal arch: An experimental study

Marc Garcia-Elias, Kai Nan An, William P. Cooney, Ronald L. Linscheid, Edmund Y.S. Chao

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The mechanical characteristics of the transverse carpal arch were studied using fresh-frozen human cadaveric wrists. Tensile properties of the ligaments involved in this structure were also analyzed. The flexor retinaculum did not prove to be a major factor in the maintenance of the carpal arch since its division only reduced the global transverse carpal arch stiffness an average of 7.5%. On the contrary, the transverse intercarpal ligaments connecting the bones of the distal carpal row were shown to have an essential role in providing stability to the carpal tunnel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-282
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number2 PART 1
StatePublished - Mar 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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