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Distal Radius Fractures clinical trials at UC Health
1 in progress, 0 open to new patients

  • Immobilization of Postoperative Distal Radius Fractures

    Sorry, accepting new patients by invitation only

    The management of distal radius fractures has been in a state of evolution over the past 30 years. Treatment has become increasingly focused on obtaining a stable, internal construct for quick return to normal, daily activities. With the advent of volar locking plates, the wrist fracture is stable before the patient leaves the operating room. As surgical plate and screw constructs become more stable, the need for casting and splinting may be less. The presumptive "next step" in operative management of distal radius fractures is to do away with the postoperative splint. A review of the available English language literature failed to reveal any studies evaluating the use of postoperative splinting and patient outcomes. This prospective, randomized study was designed to investigate the use of temporary plaster splints versus removable over-the-counter splits versus soft dressings for post-operative treatment of extra-articular and intra-articular distal radius fractures. The patients will be followed for 12 months evaluating maintenance of fracture reduction and patient outcomes.

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