Distal radial fracture

Distal radial fracture

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What is Distal radial fracture ?

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:

  • Pain, swelling, and tenderness around the wrist
  • Limited mobility or difficulty moving the wrist
  • Deformity or visible bone displacement

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:

  • Immobilization with a splint or cast to allow the bone to heal
  • Physical therapy to restore range of motion and strengthen the muscles around the wrist
  • Medications to manage pain and inflammation
  • Surgery to realign the bone or insert screws or plates to hold the bone in place (in severe cases)
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