Mechanical properties of a rat patellar tendon stress-shielded in situ

  title={Mechanical properties of a rat patellar tendon stress-shielded in situ},
  author={Thomas Muellner and Olaf Ing Grad Kwasny and Roland Reihsner and V. Loehnert and Rudolf Schabus},
  journal={Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery},
Abstract The effects of stress deprivation on the mechanical properties of the patellar tendon (PT) were studied using 14 albino rats. The PT was stress-shielded with cerclages on one side, while the contralateral patellar tendon served as a sham-operated control. After 10 weeks, paired load-strain as well as load-relaxation experiments were performed (11 and 3 specimen pairs, respectively). Mechanical tests showed, irrespective of the cerclage material used, that strain was increased… CONTINUE READING

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