Distal Radius Fracture Management

Distal radius fractures are very common.

They are sometimes called a ‘Colles’ fracture, as it was first described by an Irish surgeon called Abraham Colles.

The radius is the bone of the forearm which is positioned down the outside of the arm, near the thumb. The fracture occurs at the end of the bone near the wrist joint. This commonly occurs when falling on an outstretched arm.

Conservative management may include:

  • Below elbow fiberglass cast
  • Custom moulded plastic wrist hand orthosis
  • Off-the-shelf wrist hand orthosis

To determine the most appropriate treatment for you, we recommend booking an initial consultation to discuss your concerns in more detail.