Closed reduction methods for treating distal radial fractures in adults

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There was insufficient evidence to establish the relative effectiveness of different methods of closed reduction used in the treatment of displaced fractures of the distal radius in adults. The three included randomised controlled trials did not assess functional outcome and only one reported on complications.

Fracture of the distal radius is a common injury in adults. Displaced fractures are usually reduced using closed reduction methods, which are non-surgical and generally comprise traction and manipulation. The resulting position is then stabilised, typically by plaster cast immobilisation. This review assessed the evidence for the relative effectiveness of different methods of closed reduction for displaced fractures of the distal radius in adults.

 

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