We treated 23 fractures of the distal end of radius with the dynamic external fixator. 4 patients were over 65 years old and 19 were below 65. The average immobilization period was 27 days (range; 12 to 46 days). The average follow-up period was 19.5 months (range; 3 to 62 months).
Postoperative results were evaluated using Saito's criteria, correlation between the postoperative results and age at injury, immobilization period, and follow-up period was then investigated.
11 cases were excellent, 11 cases were good, and 1 was fair. Only the immobilization period showed a significant correlation with the postoperative results. Lesser displacement was found for the addition of percutaneous pinning. From the above results, it can be concluded that early exercise and percutaneous pinning are important in the treatment of the fracture of the distal end of the radius with the dynamic external fixator.