Distal Radius Fractures

Clinical Practice Guideline

Published December 5, 2020

This clinical practice guideline addresses the treatment of distal radius fractures in adults(> 18 years). It is limited to the treatment of acute distal radius fractures and does not address distal radius malunion.


Clinical practice guidelines (CPG) provide evidence-based recommendations for current orthopaedic diagnostic, treatment, and postoperative procedures. Multdisciplinary clinician work groups and AAOS staff work together to synthesize published research with the aim of providing a transparent and robust summary of the research findings for a particular orthopaedic disease topic.

Hand and Wrist and Trauma Toolkits

The Hand and Wrist and Trauma Toolkits are a collection of related information, resources, and tools to assist AAOS members in making informed practice decisions based on evidence-based recommendations and/or practice standards. The information provided compiles advocacy, practice management, and quality improvement resources while including clinical and patient education.


Clinical Practice Guideline

OrthoInfo, the AAOS patient education website, features more that 400 articles, videos, and animations on common orthopaedic problems, surgical procedures, nonsurgical treatments, injury prevention, and healthy living. Written in simple language, all content is developed and peer reviewed by AAOS members. The following OrthoInfo articles contain patient information on the clinical guideline topic shown at the top of the page.