Classifications of Distal Radius Fractures

Abstract

Fractures of the distal radius are among the most common fractures seen in the emergency room. Their management ranges from a period of immobilization alone through open reduction and internal fixation with a number of available devices. The choice of treatment for a particular fracture of the distal radius depends on the degree of its articular involvement and its perceived stability. Many systems have been described for classifying fractures of the distal radius in attempts to guide their treatment. This article reviews the most well-known systems for classifying these fractures.

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