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Lindsey Caldwell
The University of Iowa
Department of Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation
Tim Brown
The University of Iowa
National Advanced Driving Simulator

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Driving After Distal Radius Fractures

Distal radius fractures are a common orthopaedic injury, and patients with this injury often ask their physicians when they can safely return to driving. There is no current consensus in the literature on when it is safe to return to driving after a distal radius fracture. This study aims to address the question of return to driving after distal radius fracture utilizing a driving simulation protocol evaluating patients at 2, 6 and 12 weeks after operative fixation of a distal radius fracture. General driving performance and crash avoidance will be evaluated and compared to both normative data and clinical data including range of motion and splint usage. Survey data regarding subject perception of driving efficacy will also be obtained. The data collected will help guide physician recommendations regarding return to driving and provide information on driving performance after an upper extremity injury.