Changes in Scaphoid and Lunate Position and Loading at Two Wrist Pushup Positions

Author(s): Frederick W. Werner*, Emily R. Tucci, Brett T. Daly, Brian J. Harley

Journal Name: Current Rheumatology Reviews

Volume 16 , Issue 3 , 2020

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Background: Scapholunate interosseous ligament (SLIL) injury following a fall on an outstretched hand may lead to carpal instability and in some cases require long-term rehabilitation following repair. Rehabilitation, especially in athletes, may include pushups, but little is known as to what type of pushup may be safer.

Objective: To determine biomechanical differences between two pushup positions (neutral or extended).

Methods: Six fresh cadaver wrists with pre-existing SLIL damage were uni-axially loaded in neutral and extension in order to simulate two different pushup styles. The motions of the scaphoid and lunate in relation to the radius were measured. The dorsal, proximal, and volar insertion sites of the SLIL were identified and, using the collected kinematic data, gap distances were calculated for each site.

Results: Gap distance between the proximal SLIL insertion points was significantly greater in neutral than in extension. There was a trend that the dorsal and volar SLIL insertion points were also greater in neutral than in extension. After the wrist was extended 90o, the scaphoid extended 70.1o and the lunate extended 28.6o compared to their positions with the wrist in neutral.

Conclusion: The larger gap distances between the scaphoid and lunate in neutral suggest that a neutral style pushup could put higher forces on a wrist with pre-existing SLIL damage and may thus hinder recovery for a person with a repaired SLIL. A pushup in extension, in these injured wrists, may be less detrimental.

Keywords: Scaphoid, lunate, carpal kinematics, scapholunate interosseous ligament, pushup, positions.

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Year: 2020
Published on: 22 September, 2020
Page: [201 - 205]
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DOI: 10.2174/1573397115666181210170202
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