Splints as good as casts in some wrist fractures

By Terry Stanton

In a study of children with distal radius and/or ulnar fractures, a prefabricated wrist splint was found to be as effective as a cast and possibly superior.

The Canadian study—conducted by Andrew W. Howard, MD, and colleagues and presented by Dr. Howard at the 2010 annual meeting of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA)—evaluated splints versus casts in fractures that had an angulation deformity of 15 degrees or less.

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