Distal radius fractures are named as one of the most common fractures in the wrist with up to 18% in the adult population and 25% in the pediatric population (Nellans, Kowalski and Chung, 2013).
The wrist is the base of the hand and allows two directions of motion: extension-flexion and ulnar and radial deviation; the turning movement of supination and pronation occurs when radius and ulna rotate against each other (Winkelstein, 2013).
In adults Colles’ fracture is common and often associated with fracture of the ulna styloid (process on the lower part of forearm on little finger side of arm).
Treatment of this condition may involve stabilisation of the fracture through surgery (metal plates, screws etc) or immobilisation in a cast. Physiotherapy will be required following this to regain normal movement and strength.
Nellans K.W., Kowalski E. and Chung K.C., 2013, The Epidemiology of Distal Radius Fractures, 28(2), pp: 113-125
Winkelstein B.A., 2013, Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, Florida, p: 237