Orthopedic Trauma Directions 2006; 4(3): 9-17
DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-944254
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© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York

Distal radial fractures

Therapy versus home rehabilitation
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Publication Date:
27 June 2006 (online)


Rehabilitation with therapy (either physiotherapy or occupational therapy) after uncomplicated fractures of the distal radius does not appear to confer significant additional benefit over instruction and home-based exercises. Results from four small randomized controlled trials show that home exercises provide adequate rehabilitation, and that routine referral for a course of therapy may not be necessary. However, it is unknown whether therapy confers any additional benefit over home-based exercises among patients at high risk of a poor outcome after distal radius fractures. Larger studies using validated measures may provide more definitive evidence.