A group of physiotherapists from Australia and Denmark collaborated on a multi-centre randomised trial to estimate the effect of MWM in people after distal radius fracture. All participants received exercises and advice. In addition, the experimental group received some therapist-applied and some self-applied mobilisations with movement to encourage restoration of range of motion into forearm supination and into wrist extension.
Patients were followed up for 52 weeks. At 4 weeks, the experimental group had better supination (by an average of 12 degrees), wrist extension (14 degrees), wrist flexion (9 degrees). They also scored better on questionnaires about upper limb symptoms and function. Unsurprisingly, they also scored better on a global rating of their improvement. These benefits were largely still evident at 12 weeks, but the difference between the groups had diminished by a year later.