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2022 Jul

Health Technol Assess



Offer of a bandage versus rigid immobilisation in 4- to 15-year-olds with distal radius torus fractures: the FORCE equivalence RCT.


Perry DC, Achten J, Knight R, Dutton SJ, Dritsaki M, Mason JM, Appelbe DE, Roland DT, Messahel S, Widnall J, Gibson P, Preston J, Spoors LM, Campolier M, Costa ML
Health Technol Assess. 2022 Jul; 26(33):1-78.
PMID: 35904496.


Torus (buckle) fractures of the wrist are the most common fractures in children involving the distal radius and/or ulna. It is unclear if children require rigid immobilisation and follow-up or would recover equally as well by being discharged without any immobilisation or a bandage. Given the large number of these injuries, identifying the optimal treatment strategy could have important effects on the child, the number of days of school absence and NHS costs.