Fractures of the distal radius are among the most common types of broken bones. They are certainly the most common fracture of the wrist.
Fractures of the distal radius are classified according to how many fragments occur, how far the fragments move, and whether or not the break involves the joint surface.
Distal radius fractures can be treated with a variety of techniques. Minor fractures that do not involve the joint surface can often be treated with a cast. Those where the fragments have moved significantly or breaks that involve the joint surface may require surgery.
There are multiple surgical options for treating fractures of the distal radius. Some fractures, especially those in children can be treated by manipulation and pinning of the fracture in the operating room. More severe fractures can require a metal plate to hold the bone fragments in place.
How do I know what the best treatment option is for me?
Distal radius fractures can be simple or highly complex to treat. Significant experience is necessary to assist patients with choosing the optimal treatment plan. Dr. Rose has experience with all of the above techniques and can provide an assessment and explanation of the options available to you. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.