Carpal kinematics

Hand Clin. 2006 Nov;22(4):413-20; abstract v. doi: 10.1016/j.hcl.2006.08.001.


The motion of the eight carpal bones is extremely complex, and their accurate measurement has been hampered by their multiplanar rotations and translations, the irregularity of their shape, and the small magnitudes of movements. However, an accurate three-dimensional understanding of carpal motion is critical for academic and clinical purposes, and may play an important role in assessing surgical procedures or rehabilitation protocols.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Carpal Bones / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Motor Activity / physiology
  • Wrist Joint / physiology*