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Locking Plates: General Concepts
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Bone plates are used in internal fixation of fractures. The plate is fixed to the bone by application of screws on both sides of the fracture.

Plating is widely used for fixation of diaphyseal fractures of upper extremity and metaphyseal and articular fractures.
Plates for fixation of long bone fractures were first recorded by Hansmann, of Heidelberg University, Germany in 1886.

Plates are now widely accepted with different standard techniques of osteosynthesis, throughout the skeleton. Different anatomical locations demand different shapes and sizes of plates.
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