Journal article

A randomized controlled trial of 2 methods of immobilizing torus fractures of the distal forearm

Edward A Oakley, Keat S Ooi, Peter LJ Barnett

PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY CARE | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Immobilization of torus fractures of the distal forearm, for 1 to 4 weeks in a slab, cast, or splint, produces good radiological and functional outcomes. This study assesses the pain associated with 2 forms of immobilization used for these injuries. METHODS: A randomized controlled trial comparing fiberglass volar slab and encircling plaster-of-paris cast was conducted at a children's hospital emergency department. Patients presenting with torus fractures of the distal forearm were enrolled and reviewed after 2 weeks of immobilization. A daily questionnaire was used during immobilization to assess pain, satisfaction, and activity state of the child. RESULTS: Adequate data were av..

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