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What do you need to know about distal radius fractures?

What do you need to know about distal radius fractures?

What You Need to Know Distal radius fractures are one of the most common types of bone fractures. They occur at the end of the radius bone near the wrist. Depending on the angle of the break, distal radius fractures can be classified into two types: Colles or Smith. Falls are the main cause of distal radius fractures.

How is the distal radius of the wrist vulnerable?

The distal radius comprises around 80 percent of the wrist joint surface making it extremely vulnerable to fracture. During a fall or accident the natural reaction is to outstretch your hand to soften the impact to prevent injury.

Where to see orthopedist for radial head fracture?

Colleague sustained a (R) radial head fracture and possibly a fracture distal radius. She is looking for an orthopedist in the Medford/Ashland, OR area who specializes in treatement of the elbow. Any … read more

What kind of surgery do you need for a distal radial fracture?

Orthopaedic surgeons typically recommend surgical repair of displaced articular fractures of the distal radius for active, healthy people. The sheer variety of reduction and fixation options is clear given the publication of a series of five Cochrane reviews focusing on this topic alone.

What You Need to Know Distal radius fractures are one of the most common types of bone fractures. They occur at the end of the radius bone near the wrist. Depending on the angle of the break, distal radius fractures can be classified into two types: Colles or Smith. Falls are the main cause of distal radius fractures.

When to return to work after distal radius fracture surgery?

However, a volar plate [the surgery that Bob had] will allow return to personal care activities the next day and work activities within a week to a month, depending on the kind of work that you do. Discuss return to activities with me. This kind of pain relief after surgery, however, is typical.

Colleague sustained a (R) radial head fracture and possibly a fracture distal radius. She is looking for an orthopedist in the Medford/Ashland, OR area who specializes in treatement of the elbow. Any … read more

When do you need a cast for a displaced wrist fracture?

A displaced fracture needs to be corrected first. Once it is anatomically aligned, a plaster splint or cast is applied. The reduction (closed reduction) is usually performed with local anesthesia. Your orthopaedic surgeon will evaluate the fracture and decide whether you will need surgery or if the fracture can be treated with a cast for six weeks.