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Management of undisplaced or minimally displaced Colles' fracture: One or three weeks of immobilization

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Sixty-two consecutive patients with an undisplaced or minimally displaced Colles' fracture were allocated at random to 1 or 3 weeks of immobilization in a dorsal plaster cast. No significant difference in radiographic results or in functional score, (according to Gartland and Werley 1951, modified by Solgaard 1988) was observed at 12 and 26 weeks. We conclude that patients with an undisplaced or minimally displaced Colles' fracture can be safely treated with only 1 week of immobilization in a dorsal plaster cast. However, the short treatment period does not accelerate return of function.

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Jensen, M.R., Andersen, K.H. & Jensen, C.H. Management of undisplaced or minimally displaced Colles' fracture: One or three weeks of immobilization. J Orthop Sci 2, 424–427 (1997). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02488930

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