IS VOLAR PLATING IN DISTAL RADIUS FRACTURES SAFE REGARDING PRONATOR QUADRATUS?


Turgut N., AKGÜL T., Bicen F., ŞAHİNKAYA T., KENDİRCİ A. Ş. , AYIK Ö., ...More

ACTA ORTOPEDICA BRASILEIRA, vol.30, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1590/1413-785220223001e247870
  • Journal Name: ACTA ORTOPEDICA BRASILEIRA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: Muscle strength, Radius fractures, Open fracture reduction, SUPINATION, MANAGEMENT, STRENGTH, REPAIR

Abstract

Objective: This study aimed to investigate whether isokinetic strength decrease significantly after using volar plating for distal radius fractures and evaluate the pronator quadratus muscle regarding atrophy. Methods: This study took place between 2011 and 2015 and included 18 distal radius fracture patients (group 1) who were treated via volar plating at least one year prior and 14 healthy controls (group 2). All participants were tested isokineti- cally. Grip strength, radiological evaluation, wrist range of motion, disabilities of the arm, shoulder, and hand and visual analog scale scores were assessed for clinical and functional outcomes. Ultrasonography evaluated the pronator quadratus muscle thick- nesses. Results: The peak supination torque (PT) and supination work per repetition (WPT) strength values significantly decreased (p:0.039, p:0.025, respectively). Although we determined an 11% pronation PT deficit and a 19% pronation WPT deficit, neither were significant. In group 1, the pronator quadratus muscle thickness decreased 5.9% +/- 13.3 in the radial area and 9.7% +/- 10.5 in the interosseous area according with ultrasonography; these results were not statistically significant compared to group 2. All clinical and functional outcomes were not statistically significant between the groups. Conclusion: The use of volar plating after distal radius fractures is a safe method regarding isokinetic strength and pronator quadratus muscle atrophy. Level of evidence III; Retrospective case-control study.