New AAOS guideline addresses distal radial fractures

By Randy R. Bindra, MD, FRCS

A common fracture, but research on effective treatments is lacking

Fractures of the distal end of the radius account for nearly one in every six fractures that are treated in emergency departments in the United States. The incidence of these injuries demonstrates two peaks when plotted against age—one in young adults who sustain complex articular fractures after substantial trauma and the other peak in the elderly who have compromised bone quality and experience a trivial fall, leading to a “fragility fracture.”

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