Hospital versus home management of children with buckle fractures of the distal radius. A prospective, randomised trial

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2001 May;83(4):556-60. doi: 10.1302/0301-620x.83b4.11211.


Our aim was to determine whether children with buckle fractures of the distal radius could be managed at home after initial hospital treatment. There were 87 patients in the trial: 40 had their short-arm backslab removed at home three weeks after the initial injury, and 47 followed normal practice by attending the fracture clinic after three weeks for removal of the backslab. Clinical examination six weeks after the injury showed no significant difference in deformity of the wrist, tenderness, range of movement and satisfaction between the two groups. Fourteen (33%) of the hospital group compared with five (14%) (p = 0.04) of those managed in the community stated that they had problems with the care of their child's fracture. It was found that both groups, given a choice, would prefer to remove their child's backslab at home (p < 0.001). Our findings show that it is clinically safe to manage children with buckle fractures within the community.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Casts, Surgical
  • Child
  • Female
  • Home Nursing*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prospective Studies
  • Radius Fractures / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome