Background: This study aims to determine the trends in the treatment of distal radius fractures (DRFs) in patients aged 18 years and older. Methods: An administrative claims database of more than 100 million patients was used to identify patients aged 18 years and older with a DRF between 2005 and 2014. A total of 137 130 DRFs were identified in 135 128 patients. Results: The proportion and rate of fractures were more predominant in those aged 55 years and older compared with a decreasing incidence in patients younger than 55 years. Age-adjusted rates of surgical treatment have significantly increased in both women and men by 15.9% (absolute change, 4.8%) and 5.0% (absolute change, 1.7%) change over time, respectively. Conversely, age-adjusted rates of nonsurgical treatment have significantly decreased overtime in both women and men by 6.9% and 2.6%, respectively. Conclusions: These data provide better understanding of the epidemiology of DRF, which is important to develop preventive strategies targeting high-risk populations and to develop effective treatment strategies.
- distal radius fractures
- the United States
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine