A Colles fracture is when the radius bone in your forearm breaks. It’s also known as a distal radius fracture and can be caused by anything from an accident at work, a road traffic accident or a slip, trip and fall.
Although a Colles’ fracture is more common among older people and in children, both of whom have brittle bones or bones tend to be soft, it can come about due to an impact injury, either following a collision or fall.
Putting your hand out to stop yourself after a slip, trip or fall can result in a Colles’ wrist fracture and is the most common cause of this condition as you tend to land on your hand first.
A Colles’ fracture can usually be treated successfully with surgery, recovery can be slow and the pain generated will be extremely acute, meaning simple tasks like moving your wrist or gripping items.
Different types of fracture
Your doctor can assess the nature of a fracture according to how and where the bone is broken and the different types of fractures include:
- Open fracture: This is if the bone breaks through the skin
- Comminuted fracture: When the bone has broken into several pieces
- Intra-articular fracture: When the bone is broken inside the wrist joint
- Extra-articular fracture:This occurs when there is a break but the joint isn’t affected
How long does recovery take?
Your cast will usually be taken off about six weeks after surgery but it can take over a year to recover fully following a break, though some people continue to suffer aches and stiffness for about two years after a Colles’ fracture and some can even develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you have suffered a Colles’ fracture due to a work accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim for compensation.
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Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice