Distal Radius Fracture - Frisco, TX
Dr. Knoll is board certified orthopedic surgeon, serving the patients in Plano, TX. She specializes in treating various medical conditions of hand and wrist like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Wrist Fracture, Wrist Pain.

Distal Radius Fracture

Radius is one of the two bones that make up the front arm. If this bone breaks at a distance of 1 inch from the front end, the condition is referred to as Distal Radius Fracture. Based on the position from where the bone breaks the fracture can be classified into various types –

  • Colles Fracture – Broken fragment of the radius tilts upward
  • Intra-articular fracture - A fissure that extends to the wrist joint.
  • Extra-articular fracture – The fracture which does not extends into the joint.
  • Open fracture – If the fractured bone breaks the skin it is called open fracture and requires immediate attention.
  • Comminuted fracture - When the bone is broken down into two pieces.

Causes Of Distal Radius Fracture –
  • Osteoporosis
  • A severe car accident or fall from a bike

Symptoms Of Distal Radius Fracture

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Wrist Deformity

Diagnosis Of Distal Radius Fracture

The doctor may look for signs such as deformed wrist, tenderness, pink fingers etc. X-ray test may be recommended to visualize the broken bone and the extent of damage.

Treatment for Distal Radius Fracture

Non-surgical Treatment

The doctor may move broken pieces of the bone to re-align them. This process is called as reduction.
A splint may be applied till the swelling remains and a caste may be placed after the swelling disappears.
After the removal of cast the doctor may ask the patients to practice some rehabilitation exercises.

Surgical Treatment

  • If the bone displaces to a larger extent, a surgical intervention may be required. In this procedure, the doctor may make a small incision and reach out to the damaged bone to realign it using metal plates and screws.
  • In case of open fractures, the surgery may be conducted as soon as possible. If the damage is serious, the doctor may clear the impaired tissues and use the internal or external fixation methods to hold the bones in place.

For complete treatment and diagnosis of Distal Radius Fracture, consult Dr. Knoll. To schedule an appointment with the hand & wrist specialist, call at (972) 985 – 1072.