Author(s): Verma A.K.*, Singh Narinder, Verma J.P.
Colles’s fracture is the commonest fracture in elderly people and is predominantly common in women after the age of 45 because of post-menopausal osteoporosis particularly affecting the cancellous bone present in the lower end of radius. Standard treatment for the colle’s fracture is post reduction below elbow immobilization of the wrist joint in plaster of Paris cast for six weeks. This immobilization leads to a common complication i.e. post-traumatic stiffness affecting mainly the wrist along with elbow and shoulder joint of the affected side accompanied by other immobilization induced complications. So in concern to this a clinical study was planned to evaluate the effect of early discontinuation the plaster of Paris cast after 4 week (instead of 6 weeks) along with the Varatika Bhasma in Colles’ fracture Type I / Type II (Universal Classification Fracture Colle’s). For this study 30 patients were selected and randomly divided in 2 groups i.e. Group A and B. Group A patients were treated with Varatika Bhasma orally along with post reduction immobilization in below elbow Plaster of Paris colle’s cast for 4 weeks. Group B patients were treated with post reduction immobilization in below elbow Plaster of Paris Colle’s cast for 6 weeksand a Placebo orally. After completion of the clinical study results were analyzed on various objective parameters and it was observed that Varatika Bhasma possesses potential of promoting fracture healing by enhancing the rate of callus formation. It was also observed that after the completion of treatment patients in group A showed regaining of early and better movements in the affected wrist joint along with elbow and shoulder joint of affected side.