Dorsal Splint or Circular Cast for Colles' Fracture?
At our hospital, all Colles' fractures deemed suitable for conservative treatment are reduced and immobilised with a plaster of Paris dorsal splint which is converted to a complete cast after 10 days. According to individual factors such as age, general health and radiological results after 10 days, some patients with severe redisplacement are readmitted to hospital for surgery.
The main purpose of this study is to determine whether, during the first 10 days of immobilisation, a complete plaster cast or a dorsal plaster splint best retains the alignment of a reduced Colles' fracture. In addition, we aim to compare the complication rates of the two methods.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Comparison of Dorsal Plaster Splint and Circular Plaster Cast for Colles' Fractures|
- redisplacement [ Time Frame: 10 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]dorsal angulation, radial tilt and radial shortening - radiographs
- pain [ Time Frame: 10 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]pain during past 24h on a VAS
- number of analgesic tablets [ Time Frame: 10 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]number of analgesic tablets taken during the 10 days after reduction.
|Study Start Date:||June 2004|
|Study Completion Date:||June 2008|
|Primary Completion Date:||January 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: complete plaster cast
reduction and a complete plaster cast,
Procedure: plaster cast
complete circular plaster cast
Active Comparator: dorsal plaster splint
reduction and a dorsal plaster splint.
Procedure: dorsal splint
dorsal plaster splint