Condition colles' fracture
Treatments low level laser therapy, placebo low level laser therapy
Sponsor University of Bergen
Collaborator Norwegian Fund for Postgraduate Training in Physiotherapy
Start date April 2016
End date June 2018
Trial size 40 participants
Trial identifier NCT02749929, 569093


Approximately 15,000 persons in Norway suffer from a wrist fractures during a year, making it the most prevalent fracture in this country. Treated conservatively, a cast is used for 4-6 weeks before removal. After discontinuation of the cast, physiotherapy is implemented to aid in improving range of motion and regaining function of the injured wrist. The pain after injury can affect the patient to a greater or lesser extent, and it is common to prescribe sick leave for shorter amounts of time after the injury.

Studies suggest that a physiotherapy intervention with Low Level Laser therapy (LLLT) may reduce pain and swelling after acute trauma, and potentially promote healing. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of LLLT on pain and function at 2, 4, 8 and 26 weeks after injury.

Recruiting in the following locations…

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries Norway

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking double blind (subject, caregiver, outcomes assessor)
Primary purpose treatment
After inclusion in the study, a small window of approximately 1 cm2 opening will be made in the cast in order for the laser to make skin contact. The laser is a super pulsed infrared laser with a wavelength of 904 nm, belonging to laser class 3B. The light from the laser is not visible to the eye, and will not give any perceptible stimulus. Low-Level Laser therapy (LLLT) will be given according to the recommended dosage from World Association of Laser Therapy (WALT). A LLLT dose of 3.6 Joules will be administered at two points over the fracture site.
low level laser therapy
The laser is an infrared (invisible) 60 mW 904 nm Irradia Midlaser
(Placebo Comparator)
After inclusion in the study, a small window of approximately 1 cm2 opening will be made in the cast in order for the placebo laser to make skin contact. The placebo laser is identical in apperance to a super pulsed infrared laser with a wavelength of 904 nm, belonging to laser class 3B. Since the light from the laser is invisible, neither the participant nor the therapist will know whether the laser is a placebo. The treatment time and number of treated points will be identical to group 1.
placebo low level laser therapy
The placebo laser is an identical device to the active laser, made by Irradia Midlaser

Primary Outcomes

time frame: 26 weeks

Secondary Outcomes

time frame: 26 weeks
time frame: 26 weeks
Active range of motion
time frame: 26 weeks
time frame: 26 weeks

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Patients with distal radiusfraktur, with or without ulna fracture Colles' fracture - The breach must be closed - Under 10 degrees dorsal displacement of radius - Under 5mm shortening of the radius - Under 3 mm step in the joint - 18+ years Exclusion Criteria: - People who do not speak Norwegian or English - If the patient is pregnant - Patient with Smith fracture - Wounds over fracture area - If the patient have a peripheral nerve injury - If the patient had (previously) operated wrist - Persons with verified osteoporosis at the time of injury, systemic inflammatory disease (rheumatism), mental illness, stroke, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, cancer or congenital malformations in wrist - If the laser treatment can not be started within 3 days after fracture

Additional Information

Official title A Double-blind Placebo-controlled Study of Low-level Laser Therapy on Wrist Fractures
Description Patients with wrist fractures are recruited from Bergen Municipal Emergency Ward, where they are randomly divided into two groups with concealed allocation. The fracture is immobilized with a cast of paris, with a small opening where Low Level Laser therapy can be administered in skin contact. The patients will receive treatment 3 times a week, for 3 weeks. After discontinuation of the cast, the patients swelling, pain, grip strength and function of the wrist is measured. The patients will meet for follow-up controls until 26 weeks after injury.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in January 2017.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Bergen.