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Distal Radius Fracture

The radius is the larger of your two forearm bones. The end toward the wrist is called the distal end. A fracture of the distal radius occurs when the radius breaks near the wrist.

Nonsurgical Treatment

If your fracture is stable, usually immobilization of the joint either through a cast or splint is done.  Following healing and cast or splint removal, a period of rehabilitation for recovery of strength and range of motion is necessary.  Nonsurgical treatment depends on many factors, such as your fracture severity, age and activity level as well as the treatment your doctor recommends will work best for you.

Surgical Treatment

There are many ways of performing surgery on a distal radius fracture. Your hand specialist will determine what is best in your situation. Even if the fracture is treated in the operating room, it may be possible to put the bones back together without making an incision. In other cases, your doctor might need to make an incision to put your broken bones back into place.

Depending on the fracture, there are several ways to holding the bone in the correct position, including:

  • A cast
  • Tiny metal pins
  • A plate and screws
  • An external fixator (a piece of equipment like a brace that you wear outside your body)
  • A  combination of these

Our doctors are experienced at using the latest technology to help you heal.

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Portland, OR 97239 

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