Isolated ulnar shaft fractures. Comparison of treatment by a functional brace and long-arm cast

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1992 Sep;74(5):757-9. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.74B5.1527129.


In a prospective study, we randomly allocated 39 patients with isolated fractures of the lower two-thirds of the ulnar shaft to treatment either by a prefabricated functional brace or a long-arm cast. Significantly better wrist function and a higher percentage of satisfied patients were found in the braced group. Thirteen patients returned to employment while still wearing the brace but only one was able to work in a cast.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Braces* / statistics & numerical data
  • Casts, Surgical* / statistics & numerical data
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Humans
  • Polyethylenes
  • Prospective Studies
  • Sex Factors
  • Time Factors
  • Ulna Fractures / epidemiology
  • Ulna Fractures / therapy*
  • Wound Healing


  • Polyethylenes