A distal radial fracture, also known as a Colles fracture, is a type of wrist fracture that occurs when the radius bone in the forearm breaks near the wrist. The fracture typically occurs when someone falls onto an outstretched hand.
Distal radial fractures are common, especially in older adults with weaker bones. They can also occur in younger people due to trauma or accidents.
Symptoms of a distal radial fracture may include:
A healthcare professional can diagnose a distal radial fracture through a physical exam and imaging tests such as X-rays.
Treatment for distal radial fractures may include: