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Acta Orthop Scand. 1989 Feb;60(1):60-2.

Fixation not needed for undisplaced Colles' fracture.

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  • 1Department of Orthopedics, Danderyd Hospital, Sweden.


A series of 68 undisplaced or minimally displaced Colles' fractures was randomized into two groups undergoing treatment with either a plaster cast or an elastic bandage. Pain, function, grip strength, and range of motion were evaluated 1 year later. There was a difference in the functional outcome in favor of the patients treated with an elastic bandage, who did not have more fracture redislocations than those treated with a plaster cast.

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