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Wrist Fracture Causes & Risks


A wrist fracture is caused by trauma to the bones in the wrist. Trauma may be caused by:

  • Falling on an outstretched arm
  • Direct blow to the wrist
  • Severe twist of the wrist

Risk Factors

These factors increase your chance of developing a wrist fracture. Tell your doctor if you have any of these risk factors:

  • For Colles' Fracture:
    • Advancing age
    • Postmenopause
    • Decreased muscle mass
    • Osteoporosis
    • Poor nutrition
  • For Scaphoid Fracture:
    • Participating in contact sports, such as football or soccer
    • Participating in activities, such as in-line skating , skateboarding, or bike riding
    • Participating in any activity which could cause you to fall on your outstretched hand
  • For either:
    • Violence or high-velocity trauma such as an automobile accident

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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