Distal Radius Volar Locking Plate

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Evolution of Distal Radius Volar Locking Plate

The advent of volar locking plates has seemed to solve some of these issues. Popularized in the early 2000s, these plates allow for stable fixation of the fracture so that patients may begin early range of motion to prevent stiffness of the wrist joint and also do not irritate the tendons of the wrist because of their low-profile design.

Additionally, the advent of screws that lock in to the plate and prevent any motion between the plate and screw (also called “locking screws”) allow these plates to have keep the distal radius aligned appropriately. These volar locking plates have become commonplace in distal radius surgery for their versatility.

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