Influence of the trapeziometacarpal joint fusion on thumb muscles and thumb-tip movement: A cadaveric study.

Affiliation

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine, International University of Health and Welfare, Tokyo, Japan. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Trapeziometacarpal (TMC) arthrodesis provides stability and strength of the thumb, whereas fixation of the TMC joint restricts motion of the thumb, which may consequently impair the activity of daily living. The objective of our study was to investigate how length and area of the thumb-tip trajectory were reduced after the TMC joint fusion.

Keywords

Arthrodesis,Carpometacarpal joint,Joint fusion,Osteoarthritis,Thumb,Trapeziometacarpal joint,