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Advances in Distal Radius Fracture Management

from American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1999 Annual Meeting , Scientific Program

Despite more than 100 years of research and experience in management of distal radius fractures, problems of stiffness, loss of strength, degenerative change, and dystrophy continue to plague the treatment of these injuries. Most series continue to report dissatisfaction rates of approximately 20% with significant complications. Recent investigations have demonstrated improvement in fracture fixation stability and clinical studies support a trend towards earlier resumption of wrist motion to gain optimal outcome. The panel will review the basic science and clinical foundation underlying current treatment recommendations for distal radius fracture management and innovative techniques designed to improve outcome from these serious injuries.



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