Perfect restoration of wrist fractures doesn't improve outcomes

US study shows precise anatomic realignment is not necessary in older patients

Using X-rays to ensure the precise anatomic restoration of distal radius fractures (DRF) does not improve patient outcomes in older adults, according to data from the WRIST trial.

Wrist fracture

The researchers used data from the US trial that evaluated DRF treatment options in older adults to investigate whether radiographic measures of anatomic restoration were associated with functional and patient-reported outcomes 12 months after treatment.

They found, in the younger group (aged 60-69