Short Forearm Casting Versus Below-elbow Splinting for Acute Immobilization of Distal Radius Fractures
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02679066|
Recruitment Status : Terminated (lack of consistent enrollment, follow up and results)
First Posted : February 10, 2016
Results First Posted : March 25, 2020
Last Update Posted : March 25, 2020
There is no consensus regarding the need to immobilize the elbow in immediate immobilization of closed distal radius fractures post-reduction. Decreased functionality of the upper extremity is a notable morbidity associated with below-elbow splinting of distal radius fractures post-reduction. Few studies have provided evidence comparing sugar tong splinting versus short-arm casting as methods of immediate post-reduction immobilization. The study will randomize patients with close distal radius fractures to short forearm casting versus sugar tong splinting with close follow up including radiographic and clinical evaluation.
This will provide guidance regarding the need for short forearm cast immobilization versus sugar tong splinting in early maintenance of reduction of closed distal radius fractures, as well as functional effects of sugar tong splinting versus short forearm casting.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Distal Radius Fracture||Device: Sugar-tong splint Device: Short forearm cast||Not Applicable|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||200 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Short Forearm Casting Versus Below-elbow Splinting for Acute Immobilization of Distal Radius Fractures|
|Actual Study Start Date :||January 2014|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||February 2019|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||February 2019|
Active Comparator: Sugar-tong splint
Patients are placed in a sugar-tong splint for immobilization of the distal radius fracture.
Device: Sugar-tong splint
Plaster immobilization including the elbow
Active Comparator: Short Forearm Cast
Patients are placed in a short forearm cast, with bivalve, for immobilization of the distal radius fracture.
Device: Short forearm cast
Fiberglass immobilization with elbow free
- Number of Participants With Maintenance of Reduction [ Time Frame: one month ]Radiologic parameters to include radial height, radial inclination and volar tilt will be measured from post-immobilization radiographs at presentation, one week, two weeks and four weeks. Maintenance of reduction will be defined as: loss of reduction of < 2 mm radial height, < 5 degrees of radial inclination or < 10 degrees of volar tilt and/or < 2 mm intra-articular step off, in follow up radiographs as compared to immediate post-reduction radiographs.
- Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) Score - Upper Extremity Function [ Time Frame: Two weeks ]This is a validated survey of upper extremity function that is administered at the two week follow up visit. The DASH is a 30-item self-reported questionnaire in which the response options are presented as 5-point Likert scales. Scores range from 0 (no disability) to 100 (most severe disability).
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02679066
|United States, Maryland|
|Johns Hopkins University|
|Baltimore, Maryland, United States|
|Principal Investigator:||Erik Hasenboehler, MD||Johns Hopkins University|