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NIHR Journals Library - please access the article about the trial here.
All adult patients with a broken wrist (fracture of the distal radius) are given a temporary wrist support and referred to the local fracture service for treatment. Most broken wrists can be treated without the need for surgery. However, for the more serious wrist injuries, the treating surgeon may recommend an operation to restore the normal position of the wrist bones. This study is for patients who are having surgery for their broken wrist. Patients will be asked to take part if their treating surgeon believes their injury would benefit from manipulation of the broken bone in order to improve the position of the wrist. The manipulation is done under local or general anaesthetic. Patients who agree to take part will be allocated to one of two treatments by chance, using a computer system.