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Colles' Fracture

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 What is a Colles' fracture?
 What is the cause?
 What are the symptoms?
 How is it diagnosed?
 How is it treated?
 How can I take care of myself?
 How can I help prevent a Colles’ fracture?

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What is a Colles' fracture?

A Colles’ fracture is a break in the lower arm bone called the radius. The break is close to where the arm bone attaches to the bones of your hand on the thumb side of your wrist. The break may be just a bend or small crack in the bone, or the bone may break into pieces or shatter.

What is the cause?

Wrist fractures are often caused by a fall. They may also be caused by a direct hit to the wrist or a medical condition that causes weak or brittle bones.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may include:

How is it diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and how the injury happened. Your provider will examine you. You may have X-rays of your wrist.

How is it treated?

The treatment depends on the type of fracture.

With treatment, the fracture may take up to 8 weeks to heal. You may need to do special exercises to help your wrist get stronger and more flexible. Ask your healthcare provider about this.

How can I take care of myself?

Follow the full course of treatment your healthcare provider prescribes. Also:

Ask your healthcare provider:

Make sure you know when you should come back for a checkup.

How can I help prevent a Colles’ fracture?

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References

O’Connor, Francis G, et al. ACSM’s Sports Medicine A Comprehensive Review. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013.

OrthoInfo. American Academy of Orthopaedic surgeons. Web. http://www.orthoinfo.aaos.org.

Vogt, MT, Cauley, JA, Tomaino, MM, et al. Distal radius fractures in older women: a 10-year follow-up study of descriptive characteristics and risk factors. The study of osteoporotic fractures. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002; 50:97.


Related Topics

Colles' Fracture

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