Fixation of distal radius fractures using a fragment-specific system

Stephen B. Schnall, Bill J. Kim, Antonio Abramo, Philippe Kopylov

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Operative treatment for distal radius fractures continues to evolve, but small-fragment fixation has some advantages compared with previous methods. We assessed two groups of patients. Group 1 was an initial series of patients treated with small-fragment fixation at a large institution in the United States, and Group 2 was a review of patients treated in Lund, Sweden. The first group was evaluated for return to routine activity. Return to work or routine daily activity averaged 6 weeks (range, 3-16 weeks). The second group was evaluated for early grip strength and range of motion compared with the uninjured extremity. The grip strength at final followup averaged 67% compared with the uninjured extremity. Wrist flexion averaged 46 degrees, extension averaged 57 degrees, pronation averaged 80, and supination averaged 73 degrees.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-57
JournalClinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Issue number445
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Orthopedics


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