Conservative interventions for treating distal radial fractures in adults

Added April 9, 2013

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There remains insufficient evidence from randomised controlled trials to determine which methods of conservative treatment are the most appropriate for the more common types of distal radial fractures in adults. Therefore, at present, practitioners applying conservative management should use an accepted technique with which they are familiar, and which is cost-effective from the perspective of their provider unit. Patient preferences and circumstances, and the risk of complications should also be considered.

Fracture of the distal radius is a common clinical problem particularly in elderly white women with osteoporosis. This review aims to determine the most appropriate conservative treatment for fractures of the distal radius in adults.