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Femoral anteversion: significance and measurement

Scorcelletti, Matteo and Reeves, Neil D. and Rittweger, Jörn and Ireland, Alex (2020) Femoral anteversion: significance and measurement. Journal of Anatomy, 237, pp. 811-826. Wiley. doi: 10.1111/joa.13249. ISSN 0021-8782.

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Official URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7542196/


Femoral neck anteversion (FNA) is the angle between the femoral neck and femoral shaft, indicating the degree of torsion of the femur. Differences in FNA affect the biomechanics of the hip, through alterations in factors such as moment arm lengths and joint loading. Altered gait associated with differences in FNA may also contribute to the development of a wide range of skeletal disorders including osteoarthritis. FNA varies by up to 30° within apparently healthy adults. FNA increases substantially during gestation and thereafter decreases steadily until maturity. There is some evidence of a further decrease at a much lower rate during adulthood into old age, but the mechanisms behind it have never been studied. Development of FNA appears to be strongly influenced by mechanical forces experienced during everyday movements. This is evidenced by large differences in FNA in groups where movement is impaired, such as children born breech or individuals with neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy. Several methods can be used to assess FNA, which may yield different values by up to 20° in the same participant. While MRI and CT are used clinically, limitations such as their cost, scanning time and exposure to ionising radiation limit their applicability in longitudinal and population studies, particularly in children. More broadly, applicable measures such as ultrasound and functional tests exist, but they are limited by poor reliability and validity. These issues highlight the need for a valid and reliable universally accepted method. Treatment for clinically problematic FNA is usually derotational osteotomy; passive, non-operative methods do not have any effect. Despite observational evidence for the effects of physical activity on FNA development, the efficacy of targeted physical activity remains unexplored. The aim of this review is to describe the biomechanical and clinical consequences of FNA, factors influencing FNA and the strengths and weaknesses of different methods used to assess FNA

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/136978/
Document Type:Article
Title:Femoral anteversion: significance and measurement
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Scorcelletti, MatteoDepartment of Life Sciences, Research Centre for Musculoskeletal Science & Sports Medicine, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UKhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0186-1008UNSPECIFIED
Reeves, Neil D.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rittweger, JörnUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2223-8963UNSPECIFIED
Ireland, AlexUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1094-9183UNSPECIFIED
Date:24 June 2020
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Anatomy
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 811-826
Keywords:antetorsion, hip, joint shape, proximal femur, skeletal development
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Systemphysiologie (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Muscle and Bone Metabolism
Deposited By: Arndt, Carina
Deposited On:29 Oct 2020 13:29
Last Modified:05 Dec 2023 07:06

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