Colles Fracture

Colles fracture is one of the most common forms fractures of the wrist. The break occurs most commonly approximately one inch from the end of the distal radius.

Causes and risks factors

  • Falling on an outstretched arm
  • Osteoporosis may increase the risk of fracture
  • Car accident or bike fall may generate enough force to cause a break


  • Immediate pain
  • Tenderness in the wrist
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Deformity the wrist

Diagnosis and treatment

Treatment will depend on the severity of the break, but in all cases your orthopedic provider will put the broken pieces back into position and prevent the bone from moving out of place until it is fully recovered. Once the bone is back in place, a splint or cast may be applied, depending on the nature of the fracture.

Surgery may be required if the fracture is interfering with the function and overall healing of the injured wrist. Depending on the patient and your specific injury, you may be eligible to undergo surgery using wide-awake local anesthesia rather than general anesthesia.


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