Prevention of re-fractures of both bones of the forearm in children

Published online: Dec 27 2016

Vassilis KAILIS, Hélène HARIGA, Pierre-Louis DOCQUIER

From the Orthopaedic Department, Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium


Purpose : The aim of this study was to observe if the re-fracture rate after forearm both bones was decreased by protecting the forearm with a preventive brace for 6 months following the fracture and by ceasing all physical activities. Methods : We performed a retrospective study in 75 consecutive cases of diaphyseal fracture of both bone of forearms, in 52 boys and 23 girls aged from 6 months to 11 years. It concerned a first episode of fracture in 84% of cases and a re-fracture in 17%. Results : Re-fracture rate was 0% in the group where a protective brace was worn while it was 20% in the group without brace. Conclusions : Both the wearing of a protective brace and absence of sport for 6 months may decrease the re-fracture rate to 0%, if the patient is compliant by wearing it and by ceasing all physical activities.