An injury where there is a break in the distal radius bone, occurring within about 1 inch outward of (away from) the wrist. The “distal” end of the bone is considered part of the wrist.
The most common cause of a colles’ fracture is from falling on an outstretched hand, but other causes include receiving a direct blow to the area, severe twisting of the area and other traumatic pressure placed on the bone.
Pain in the arm and/or wrist, swelling, bruising, numbness and dislocation of the wrist are all symptoms associated with a colles’ fracture.
The type of treatment an injured person receives for a colles’ fracture depends on the severity and location of the break. If surgery is needed for a more severe break, a reduction will be done to position the bone back into place. Metal plates and screws or a cast can be used to hold the repositioned bone in place until healing is complete.