Our purpose is to review the history of locked plates and the current
recommendations for the use of those devices and to look toward future trends
in the clinical application of locked plates. We will discuss (1) the impetus
for the locked (fixed-angle) plate design, (2) current indications and design
trends, (3) the latest clinical and biomechanical data, (4) shortcomings of
locked (fixed-angle) plates, and (5) future applications and directions for
locked (fixed-angle) plates.