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What is smiths fracture?

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Dr. Walker Wynkoop answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

A "Reverse" wrist Fx: The typical wrist fracture is caused by falling on your palm. This is called a colles' fracture. The fractured bone is pushed "up". When you fall on the back of your hand, that causes a smith's fracture. The fractured bone is pushed "down", or towards your palm side of your wrist. Both heal in about the same amount of time are treated with splints, casts, and surgery.

Answered 12/31/2013

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