The aim of this study was to investigate the epidemiology of fractures of the distal radius in the Swedish population and to review the methods used to treat them between 2005 and 2010.
The study population consisted of every patient in Sweden who was diagnosed with a fracture of the wrist between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2010. There were 177 893 fractures of the distal radius. The incidence rate in the total population was 32 per 10 000 person-years. The mean age of the patients was 44 years (0 to 104). The proportion of fractures treated operatively increased from 16% in 2005 to 20% in 2010. The incidence rate for plate fixation in the adult population increased 3.61 fold. The incidence rate for external fixation decreased by 67%. The change was greatest in the 50 years to 74 years age group.
In Sweden, there is an increasing tendency to operate on fractures of the distal radius. The previously reported increase in the use of plating is confirmed: it has increased more than threefold over a five-year period.
Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2014;96-B:963–9.
This study was initiated in collaboration with Associate Professor P. Blomqvist, the Department of Medicine, Unit for Clinical Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet who sadly died during the early part of the study. Funding for the investigation was provided by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), the Regional Agreement on Medical Training and Clinical Research between the Stockholm County Council and Karolinska Institutet (ALF) and the King Gustav and Queen Victoria Free Mason Foundation.
No benefits in any form have been received or will be received from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article.
This article was primary edited by A. Ross and first proof edited by G. Scott.
- Received September 16, 2013.
- Accepted March 5, 2014.
- ©2014 The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery