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Wrist Fracture Definition & Overview


A wrist fracture is a break in one or more of the bones in the wrist. The wrist is made up of the two bones in the forearm (radius and ulna) and eight carpal bones. The carpal bones connect the end of the forearm bones with the bases of the fingers.

The two most common wrist fractures are:

Colles' fracture—a break near the end of the radius

  • This fracture is common in older people. It is much less common in children and teens.

Colles' Fracture

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Scaphoid fracture—a break in the scaphoid (a bone on the thumb side of the wrist where it meets the radius)

  • This fracture is most common in young, active people. The scaphoid bone is also sometimes called the navicular.

Scaphoid Fracture

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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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