Koelink et al. (10.1542/peds.2015-2262) followed 200 children with a distal radius buckle fracture who were placed in a removable splint and referred to their primary care provider for further care. They observed that specialty consultation was obtained in only 4% of children, and that 98% of patients reported return to usual activities within four weeks. However, only half of the families reported receiving anticipatory advice around return to activity.
This study supports the notion that children with distal radius buckle fractures can safely be managed by a primary care provider. Parents in this study were also satisfied with the care received by their primary care provider, and children rarely required subsequent imaging or orthopedic follow up.
Pediatricians should feel comfortable managing their patients with distal radius buckle fractures. However, they need to remember to provide anticipatory guidance around duration of splint use and when their patients can return to activity. Read this article and learn more.