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.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research project being done at the University of Iowa


  • English


  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Iowa, Iowa City

    National Advanced Driving Simulator, 2401 Oakdale Blvd
    Iowa City, IA  United States  52242-5003
  • Principal Investigators:

    Caldwell, Lindsey

    Brown, Timothy

  • Start Date: 20160301
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01602575
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Safety Research Using Simulation University Transportation Center (SaferSim)
  • Contract Numbers: DTR13-G-UTC53
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2016 10:34AM