The redistribution of water in response to static tensile loading was investigated in rabbit Achilles tendons in vitro. The distribution of water was measured along a radially oriented line, using a one-dimensional proton-density map created from fits to diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) data. Water movements were measured during application of tensile loads of 5N (N=7) and 10N (N=6). Water distribution along the line was measured before loading and up to 42 min after load application. Static loading with either 5 or 10N loads caused a steady increase in proton density in the outside edge (rim) of the tendon. The 10N load lowered the proton density in the core of the tendon, but did so in a single step that was observed when the load was applied. The 5N load caused no change in proton density in the core region. The immediate redistribution from the core was statistically significant for the 10N load, but not the 5N load application. Statistically significant within-group proton-density increases were observed in the rim after 42 min postload for all tendons irrespective of load condition. The rate of proton-density postload increase at the rim region did not depend upon load. The rate for the 5N load case was 0.010±0.002 min−1 and 0.007±0.002 min−1 in the 10N case. Thus, while generally consistent with an extrusion model, the data show other features that argue for a more complex model.
Measurement of the Spatial Redistribution of Water in Rabbit Achilles Tendon in Response to Static Tensile Loading
Contributed by the Bioengineering Division for publication in the JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICAL ENGINEERING. Manuscript received by the Bioengineering Division April 22, 2004; revision received May 20, 2004. Associate Editor: L. Soslowsky.
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Helmer, K. G., Wellen, J., Grigg, P., and Sotak, C. H. (November 23, 2004). "Measurement of the Spatial Redistribution of Water in Rabbit Achilles Tendon in Response to Static Tensile Loading ." ASME. J Biomech Eng. October 2004; 126(5): 651–656. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1800573
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