A colle's fracture is a break in the distal part of the radius bone. The radius is one the bones of the forearm. The distal end is of the bone is considered part of the wrist. Distal radius fractures are categorized by type:
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
If you have any of these symptoms do not assume it is due to a distal radius fracture. These symptoms may be caused by other conditions. Tell your doctor if you have any of these:
Arm or wrist pain
Severe pain with movement
Trouble moving wrist or arm
Wrist appears out of line
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. You may be referred to a specialist. An orthopedist focuses on bones.
Your doctor will order the following test:
X-ray—test that uses radiation to form an image; used to look at broken bones in the wrist or arm
It takes 6-10 weeks for a fracture of the radius at the wrist to heal. The type of treatment you receive depends upon where you broke your bone and how serious the break is.
Some fractures require what is called a reduction. This means the doctor realigns the bones before healing begins. Reductions can be done by the doctor moving your arm into position or through surgery.
Your doctor may choose to treat the fracture using a cast. Your cast may be removed after a few weeks and replaced if it loosens. Most casts are removed at about six weeks.
In other cases, a splint or a soft bandage may be used instead of a cast. Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you.
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