Digital ranges of motion: normal values in young adults.

Journal Article

Analysis of the range of motion of fingers was done in young (eighteen to thirty-five year old) adult volunteers with no history of previous injury to their hands. The data show that there are slight differences between the individual digits. Notably, metacarpophalangeal flexion and total active motion increase linearly in proceeding from the index to the small finger. There were also minor differences in comparing sexes. Women have greater extension at the metacarpophalangeal joint in both active and passive motion and have a greater total active motion at all digits as a result. A significant tenodesis effect was found at the distal interphalangeal joint in normal subjects. No differences were found that could be attributable to handedness.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mallon, WJ; Brown, HR; Nunley, JA

Published Date

  • September 1991

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 882 - 887

PubMed ID

  • 1940169

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1531-6564

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0363-5023

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0363-5023(10)80155-8


  • eng