Distal Radius Fracture

A distal radius fracture is a fracture of the forearm bone at the wrist’s end. It usually results from a fall onto an outstretched hand.

Causes  |  Symptoms  |  Treatment Options

What Causes a Distal Radius Fracture?

Distal radius fractures are especially common in post-menopausal women due to osteoporosis.

What are the Symptoms of a Distal Radius Fracture?

Following the fracture, there will be pain, swelling, and deformity of the wrist.

It is essential for patients to get an x-ray to confirm the fracture and its severity. Patients may sometimes incorrectly assume that a distal radius fracture is a sprain and seek traditional therapy. This may often result in dire consequences with increased damage.

What Are The Treatment Options Available For a Distal Radius Fracture?

Treatment will depend on the severity of the fracture and the risk of displacement of the fragments within the wrist. A cast may be applied in fractures with a lower risk of displacement, giving the fracture time to heal.

In injuries with an increased risk of displacement, surgery is typically required to piece back the wrist fragments, which will then be held together with the use of implants such as plates and screws.