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Distal Radius Fracture 

Distal Radius Fracture
Distal Radius Fracture
Acute Pain Medicine

Sharon Jiang

, Jack M. Berger

, and Luke Nicholson


This chapter discusses distal radius fractures, which are one of the most commonly encountered orthopedic injuries and cause significant pain in both the nonoperative and operative setting. Regional anesthesia, administered commonly in the form of brachial plexus blocks, provides for reliable analgesia during closed reduction, operative fixation, and the postoperative period. Complications related to distal radius fractures include carpal tunnel syndrome, compartment syndrome, symptomatic malunion, persistent wrist pain, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Following distal radius fracture management, follow-up is warranted for the development of CRPS, for which a variety of pharmacologic and interventional therapies may be considered.

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