Treatment of isolated ulnar shaft fractures with prefabricated functional fracture braces

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1987 Jun:(219):194-200.


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 degrees in the mediolateral plane and 4 degrees 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.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Braces*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Fractures, Closed / therapy*
  • Fractures, Open / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Ulna Fractures / therapy*