The goal in the treatment of all fractures is the readjustment of the fractured parts to their normal alignment, and a maintenance of the parts for a sufficient length of time so that healing may occur. This is not always possible due to the inaccessibility of certain osseous structures. In the spine, for example, accessory external methods are used most frequently to obtain healing in a close to normal position. The surgical difficulty in these cases makes it necessary to rely on other than direct techniques. On the other hand, there are fractures, such as in the radius, tibia, etc., where external fixation is, in the greatest number of cases, perfectly adequate. On the one hand, we have almost insurmountable technical difficulties and, on the other, a situation where direct fixation is unnecessary and where external fixation is adequate for good linear healing.
Treatment of subcondylar fractures has been relegated
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