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Hand Clin. 2012 May;28(2):127-33. doi: 10.1016/j.hcl.2012.02.005. Epub 2012 Mar 24.

Common myths and evidence in the management of distal radius fractures.

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  • 1Section of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, The University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.

Abstract

Distal radius fractures (DRFs) are the most common fracture treated by physicians, but questions remain regarding optimal management. Fracture patterns, biomechanics, and treatment strategies have been debated for more than 200 years, and research shows many controversies regarding long-held beliefs. Although these common myths have been propagated and considered fact, they are not based on the best-available evidence. This article illustrates some of the major controversies regarding the management of DRFs. To provide optimal care in a world of evidence-based medicine, clinicians must shift their thinking and accept that some of the indoctrinated ideas may represent a flawed heuristic approach.

Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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