Distal radius fracture is the most common upper limb fracture. It is usually caused by a fall onto an out-stretched hand. Diagnostics is based on clinical findings, and the primary imaging method is x-ray. A typical distal radius fracture (Colles) can usually be treated non-operatively by closed reduction and application of a dorsal cast with the hand in a functional position. Operative treatment is considered when satisfactory alignment cannot be achieved by closed reduction or when alignment is lost during follow-up. Recovery from the fracture may take up to 6 to 12 months. Regardless of treatment modality and fracture alignment some patients will still suffer from permanent functional disability.
Nina Lindfors (Chair)