(Fracture, Distal Radius; Distal Radius Fracture; Transverse Wrist Fracture; Dinner-Fork Deformity of the Wrist)
- Open fracture—a broken bone that breaks through the skin
- Comminuted fracture—a bone that breaks into more than two pieces
- Intra-articular fracture—a broken bone within a joint
- Extra-articular fracture—a broken bone that does not involve the joint
|Intra-articular Colle's Fracture|
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- A fall on an outstretched hand
- A direct blow to the wrist
- Arm or wrist pain
- Severe pain with movement
- Trouble moving your wrist or arm
- Wrist appears out of line
- A plate and screws
- An external device that holds the inside pins together
- Consider wearing a wrist guard when you play sports that put you at risk, such as in-line skating.
- Keep your muscles strong to prevent falls.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://orthoinfo.aaos.org
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
The Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
Distal radius fracture. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00412. Updated March 2013. Accessed September 23, 2014.
Distal radius fracture. DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated September 15, 2014. Accessed September 23, 2014.
5/6/2010 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Kropman RH, Bemelman M, Segers MJ, Hammacher ER. Treatment of impacted greenstick forearm fractures in children using bandage or cast therapy: a prospective randomized trial. J Trauma. 2010;68(2):425-428.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/23/2014 -
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