Engineering Physiology: Bases of Human Factors Engineering/ by Karl H. E. Kroemer, Hiltrud J. Kroemer, Katrin E.

By Karl H. E. Kroemer, Hiltrud J. Kroemer, Katrin E. Kroemer-Elbert

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The main bodies of the vertebrae rest upon each other on fibrocartilage disks: more about them below. Vertebrae also have two bone processes extending backwards-laterally; each of these articulation processes carries, on top, a rounded surface, facet, which fits into a corresponding cavity on the underside of the articulation process of the vertebra above. The facet joints, covered with synovial tissue, determine the ability to twist the spine, which mostly occurs in the cervical and thoracic sections.

The carpal bones are tied together by ligaments, so only little movement can take place; most displacement occurs in cupping the palm when the thumb touches the little finger. Distal to the carpals, one metacarpal bone extends toward every one of the five digits. The carpo-metacarpal (CM) joints of the four fingers are of the hinge type with limited ranges; however, the joint of the shorter and sturdier metacarpal of the thumb has a saddle design that affords two degrees of freedom. The resulting ability of the thumb to oppose all four fingers allows a remarkable variety of manipulations.

The plastic generally used is an ultra-high molecular-weight polyethylene which allows for a low-friction articulation as the joint components move against each other. Replacements of finger joints are usually a single-component molded plastic integral hinge. Use of this simple artificial joint is successful because of the low loads carried by the joints and the minimal debris generated by wear. Less common, other joints can also be replaced, such as the ankle and the shoulder. Although commercial implants are available, these are less common due both to the complexity of the joint itself (and the required surgical technique to implant an artificial replacement), and because diseases of these joints have less of an impact on the daily activities: one can still walk with a fused ankle, but with an immobile hip or knee, even getting in or out of bed is difficult.

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