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Midcarpal Instability: A Historical and Etymological Review

Published:November 03, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhsa.2022.09.023
      Although midcarpal instability was first described almost 45 years ago, this uncommon condition is still poorly understood by most clinicians today. Adding to the confusion, it is known by 2 different names: midcarpal instability and carpal instability nondissociative. In this article, we describe the history of the recognition of instability of the midcarpal joint, including its pathomechanics, classification, and treatment. We hope that a more complete understanding of the etymology and kinematics of the disorder will facilitate its future recognition and assist in appropriate treatment decision making.

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