Severe Wrist Pain

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Definition

Colles' fracture is a break across the end of the main bone of the forearm (the radius). A Colles' fracture causes the wrist to become extended and shortened.


Alternative Names

Transverse wrist fracture; Dinner-fork deformity of the wrist


Considerations

Wrist fractures are common among children and the elderly.

  • Children's bones are soft and tend to get buckle (torus) fractures. These are incomplete fractures on one side of the bone.
  • Because bones become brittle with age, a complete fracture...
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