Helen H G Handoll

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BACKGROUND Proximal humeral fractures are common yet the management of these injuries varies widely. In particular, the role and timing of any surgical intervention have not been clearly defined. OBJECTIVES To collate and evaluate the scientific evidence supporting the various methods used for treating proximal humeral fractures. SEARCH STRATEGY We(More)
BACKGROUND Hip fracture is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in older people and its impact on society is substantial. OBJECTIVES To examine the effects of multidisciplinary rehabilitation, in either inpatient or ambulatory care settings, for older patients with hip fracture. SEARCH STRATEGY We searched the Cochrane Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma(More)
BACKGROUND Inversion injuries, primarily sprains, of the ankle are one of the most commonly treated injuries. The three main treatment modalities for acute lateral ankle ligament injuries are immobilisation with plaster cast or splint, 'functional treatment' comprising early mobilisation and the use of an external support (e.g. ankle brace or taping), and(More)
BACKGROUND Mallet finger, also called drop or baseball finger, is where the end of a finger cannot be actively straightened out due to injury of the extensor tendon mechanism. Treatment commonly involves splintage of the finger for six or more weeks. Less frequently, surgical fixation is used to correct the deformity. OBJECTIVES To examine the evidence(More)
BACKGROUND The majority of hip fracture patients are treated surgically, requiring anaesthesia. OBJECTIVES To compare different types of anaesthesia for surgical repair of hip fractures (proximal femoral fractures) in adults. SEARCH STRATEGY We searched the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Injuries Group specialised register (December 2000), MEDLINE (1996 to(More)
BACKGROUND Fracture of the distal radius is a common clinical problem. A key method of surgical fixation is percutaneous pinning, involving the insertion of wires through the skin to stabilise the fracture. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the evidence from randomised controlled trials for the use of percutaneous pinning for fractures of the distal radius in(More)
BACKGROUND Hip fracture patients have a high risk of thromboembolic complications following surgical management. OBJECTIVES To examine the effects of heparin (unfractionated (U), and low molecular weight (LMW) heparins), and physical methods (compression stockings, calf or foot pumps) for prevention of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism(More)
BACKGROUND Fracture of the distal radius is a common clinical problem, particularly in older white women with osteoporosis. OBJECTIVES To determine when, and if so what type of, surgical intervention is the most appropriate treatment for fractures of the distal radius in adults. SEARCH STRATEGY We searched the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Injuries Group's(More)
BACKGROUND Some sports, for example basketball and soccer, have a very high incidence of ankle injuries, mainly sprains. This contributes to ankle sprains being one of the most commonly treated injuries. OBJECTIVES To assess the effects of interventions used for the prevention of ankle ligament injuries or sprains in physically active individuals from(More)
BACKGROUND Fracture of the distal radius ('broken wrist') is a common clinical problem. It can be treated conservatively, usually involving wrist immobilisation in a plaster cast, or surgically. A key method of surgical fixation is external fixation. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the evidence from randomised controlled trials comparing external fixation with(More)