Title: Minimally displaced distal radius fractures: do they need plaster treatment?
Authors: Stoffelen, D ×
Broos, Paul #
Issue Date: Apr-1998
Series Title: The Journal of trauma vol:44 issue:3 pages:503-5
Abstract: In a prospective, randomized trial, minimally displaced distal radius fractures were divided into two groups: those treated with plaster immobilization for 1 week compared with 3 weeks. Functional Cooney scores were determined at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year. No statistical differences could be found in functional outcome between the groups at any time during the evaluation. Although patients did not allow immediate functional treatment in the presence of a fracture, we could not find any differences between 1 week or 3 weeks of plaster treatment. No further dislocation occurred, and all patients experienced eventful healing with good and excellent results in 92% of the cases. We believe, therefore, that only minimal immobilization is required in these fractures and that they should be mobilized as soon as comfort allows.
ISSN: 0022-5282
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Traumatology Section (-)
× corresponding author
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