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Minimally displaced Colles' fractures: a prospective randomized trial of treatment with a wrist splint or a plaster cast.

Authors
  • O'Connor, D
  • Mullett, H
  • Doyle, M
  • Mofidi, A
  • Kutty, S
  • O'Sullivan, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume)
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2003
Volume
28
Issue
1
Pages
50–53
Identifiers
PMID: 12531669
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Sixty-six adult patients with minimally displaced distal radial fractures were randomly assigned to treatment with either a plaster cast or a lightweight removable wrist splint. Outcome assessment was by clinical and radiological evaluation and an independent physiotherapy assessment. There were significant differences between the treatments for cast satisfaction, cast problems and the functional assessment score at 6 weeks, with the removable splint scoring better in all cases.

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