Management of Isolated Ulnar Shaft Fractures

JBJS Rev. 2023 Jun 5;11(6). doi: 10.2106/JBJS.RVW.22.00254. eCollection 2023 Jun 1.


» Most isolated ulnar shaft fractures are stable and heal without complication regardless of treatment protocol.» Casting above the elbow may create unwanted stiffness without enhancing union rates.» Defining unstable fractures and determining which injuries would benefit from operative management remain a challenge.» Recent development of intramedullary devices has shown promise in preliminary studies, but more vigorous investigation is needed to determine their role.

MeSH terms

  • Elbow Joint*
  • Fracture Fixation, Intramedullary* / methods
  • Fracture Healing
  • Fractures, Bone*
  • Humans
  • Treatment Outcome