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Finger joint movement sensitivity of non-cutaneous mechanoreceptor afferents in the human radial nerve.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Integrative Medical Biology, Physiology.
1990 (English)In: Experimental Brain Research, ISSN 0014-4819, E-ISSN 1432-1106, Vol. 82, no 2, 417-422 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The responses of non-cutaneous receptors in the human hand to normal digit movements were studied using single afferent recordings from the radial nerve. Eight joint-related afferents had thresholds of 50 mN or less. All responded to passive flexion movements within the physiological range of joint rotation and showed predominantly static response sensitivity; none increased its discharge during passive extension. However, only two of these eight afferents showed the same response pattern during active movements; three discharged only during the extension phase whereas the other three discharged both during extension and flexion. No high-threshold, joint-related mechanoreceptive afferents were encountered in a population of 148 afferents recorded from the cutaneous portion of the radial nerve indicating a scarcity of such afferents on the dorsal aspect of finger joints. Seven high-threshold, subcutaneous mechanoreceptive units not related to joints had thresholds for indentations of 50 mN or more and lacked responses to finger movements. Low-threshold mechanoreceptive afferents related to joints in the human hand may thus provide kinematic information in the physiological mid-range of both passive and active movements. Joint position cannot, however, be derived unambiguously from their discharge since the receptor responses may be dramatically altered by muscle activity.

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1990. Vol. 82, no 2, 417-422 p.
Keyword [en]
Joint receptors, Kinesthesia, Human hand
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-32723DOI: 10.1007/BF00231261PubMedID: 2286241OAI: diva2:305298
Available from: 2010-03-23 Created: 2010-03-23 Last updated: 2010-03-24Bibliographically approved

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