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The importance of controlled passive mobilization on flexor tendon healing. A biomechanical study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7331798     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The effects of controlled passive motion on primary tendon repair were studied using the canine forepaw flexor apparatus as experimental model. The animals were divided into seven groups based on duration(3 to 12 weeks post repair) and mode of immobilization and partial mobilization. The repaired tendons were subjected to biomechanical evaluation of their gliding function and tensile strength characteristics. The results showed positive effects of controlled passive motion on tendon repair. The rate of tendon repair was significantly improved over those animals that were continuously immobilized. At 12 weeks, the repaired flexors from the motion group had regained over one-third of the ultimate tensile load as compared to their contralateral intact controls. Of equal importance is that these repaired tendons maintained good gliding function within the sheath during the repair process. The gliding function of these tendons was also significantly better than those subjected to continuous immobilization.
S L Woo; R H Gelberman; N G Cobb; D Amiel; K Lothringer; W H Akeson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta orthopaedica Scandinavica     Volume:  52     ISSN:  0001-6470     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Orthop Scand     Publication Date:  1981 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-04-22     Completed Date:  1982-04-22     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370352     Medline TA:  Acta Orthop Scand     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  615-22     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
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MeSH Terms
Finger Injuries / physiopathology*,  therapy
Tendon Injuries*
Tendons / physiopathology
Tensile Strength
Wound Healing*
Grant Support

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