Extensor mechanism of the fingers. II. Tensile properties of components

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

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Seven fresh human finger specimens have been studied to determine the differences in structural stiffness between different components of the extensor assembly. Differences were found to be significant, ranging from an average of 275 N/mm for the proximal and distal segments of the central band to an average of 40 N/mm for the central-to-lateral intercrossing fascicles. The terminal tendon of the lateral band was shown to be as stiff as the middle segment of the central band.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1136-1140
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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