Treatment of isolated ulnar shaft fractures with prefabricated functional fracture braces

G. A. Zych, L. L. Latta, J. B. Zagorski

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In a prospective study, from September 1980 to December 1984, 146 isolated ulnar shaft fractures were treated with prefabricated fracture braces. Clinical and roentgenographic follow-up data were available for 73 fractures. Functional results were rated excellent in 64 fractures (88%), good in seven (9%), and poor in two (3%). All fractures healed in an average time of 57 days. The mean angulation measured 6° in the mediolateral plane and 4° in the anteroposterior plane. The complication rate was 18%, relating mostly to residual angulation. Most isolated fractures of the distal one-half of the ulnar shaft can be treated successfully with prefabricated fracture braces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-200
Number of pages7
JournalClinical orthopaedics and related research
VolumeNo. 219
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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