Colle’s Fracture

Some Symptoms of a broken wrist include:

  • Pain, especially when bending the wrist
  • Tenderness, swelling and deformity of the wrist, which will cause it to appear crooked and bent.

A Colles’ fracture — or the end of the radius  — is often called a ”broken wrist.” Actually, it’s a break in the larger of the two bones in your forearm. The bone breaks on the lower end, close to where it connects to the bones of the hand on the thumb side of the wrist.

This is a very common fracture, in fact,  it is the most frequently broken bone in the arm. In the United States, one out of every 10 broken bones is a broken wrist.

So how does someone get a broken wrist? Usually, these injuries result from falling onto an outstretched arm or getting hit on the wrist.  Broken wrists are common in people who play contact sports. People with osteoporosis or thinning of the bones are at particularly high-risk for wrist fractures. however, a broken wrist can happen to anyone who has a fall.

I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist, of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services

Moving You To A Pain-Free Lifestyle 


Colle’s Fracture

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