What Is A Radius Fracture?
Radius Fractures are fracture in the radius, the larger of the two bones in the forearm, is the most commonly broken bone in the arm. The radius and the ulna bones lie parallel to each other, spanning the distance between the elbow and wrist joints. The end of the radius toward the wrist is called the distal end.
A distal radius fracture occurs when the end of the radius near the wrist breaks. The most often cause of a radius fracture is a fall on an outstretched hand. It can also result from a car accident, a bike accident, and similar situations. Symptoms include immediate pain to the wrist, bruising, swelling, and deformity. While a radius fracture can happen in healthy bones, patients with osteoporosis are at greatest risk.
What Are The Symptoms of Radius Fractures?
A radius fracture (or broken wrist) typically causes pain, tenderness, bruising, swelling and some deformity of the arm.
What Are The Treatment Options For Radius Fractures?
Most radius fractures can be treated conservatively, or without surgery. In such cases, a cast or splint can
be used to stabilize the broken bone. In severe instances, such as an intra-articular fracture (fracture within the joint), open fractures (fractures that break through the skin) and comminuted fractures (fractures that shatter the bone into small pieces), surgery is often needed. Surgery consists of re-aligning the bone fragments and placing an internal plate and screws to keep them straight.