Distal Radius Fracture is a painful medical condition in which the radius
near the wrist breaks. Radius is basically the largest bone of the forearm
that controls the movement of arm and provides support to the muscles
in the arm. Some of the common
Distal Radius Fractures include:
- Colles Fracture
- Open Fracture
- Comminuted Fracture
- Intra-Articular Fracture
- Extra-Articular Fracture
Read on to know the causes, symptoms and treatment options for Distal Radius
Causes: Given below are a few common causes and risk factors of Distal Radius Fractures:
According to the
hand and wrist pain doctors at OrthoTexas, Frisco, falling onto the outstretched arm can lead to this fracture.
- It has been medically proven that a direct blow to the wrist can also cause
the radius bone to break.
- Some researches reveal that people with osteoporosis are more prone to
- People above 60 years of age are more susceptible to Distal Radius Fractures.
- Other factors that may increase the risk of distal radius fractures include
poor nutrition, post-menopause, decreased muscle mass etc.
Symptoms: Listed below are the common early and late symptoms of Distal Radius Fractures:
- Immediate pain in the affected wrist
- Tenderness around the wrist
- Bruising and swelling around the area
- Numbness in the wrist
- Skin discoloration
- Inability to move wrist
Diagnosis: it is important that you immediately consult an orthopedic doctor if the
aforementioned symptoms are noticed. The doctors will then perform physical
examination tests and run imaging tests like MRI and X-Ray scan to determine
the severity of condition.
Treatment: If left untreated, the Distal Radius Fractures may have major consequences.
Some of the common treatment options for Distal Radius Fractures include:
Splint and cast: A wrist plaster splint or cast may be applied and molded by the doctor
to provide stability to the affected wrist.
Reduction process: During this process, the doctors re-align the broken bone fragments and
then mold the plaster on the wrist.
Surgical procedure: Surgery may be recommended by the doctors in severe cases of distal radius
fractures. During the surgery, cast, metal pins, plate, screws or external
fixator may be used by the doctors to hold the bone in position.
Post-surgery: Use of cast or splint may be recommended after the surgery. You may also
be referred to a
physical therapist to help you with rehabilitation.