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What Does A Colles Fracture Look Like
A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more
Distal radius fx: A Colles fracture is the eponym for a distal radius fracture. This is one of the most common fractures and occurs in people with osteoporotic bone when they fall with an out-stretched hand and land on it. Depending on the severity of the fracture and displacement, these may or may not need surgical intervention to give the best outcome and reduce post-traumatic arthritis of the wrist. ...Read more
Pain/swelling/others: A colle's fracure is an acute fracture of the wrist end of the forearm bones. The larger radius is usually knocked off the end of the shaft and the smaller ulnar bone is fractured. You usually do this by falling on the outstretched hand. Immediately you will have deformity, swelling, pain, perhaps numbness and will not want to use it. It is a serious fracture and should be seen immediately. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Colles fracture: Usually implies a fracture of the distal radius , this can be a misnomer as fracture pattern differs greatly from person to person and colles didn't have x-rays .So much of the decision is dependent upon the x-ray. The adequacy of a reduction the numbers of bone fragment the soft tissue injury and more but treatment can range from casting to surgery . Hand surgeons can help with these injuries. ...Read more
Primarily swelling: Primarily swelling cause the initial pain after a colles fracture. Secondary reasons such as tethered tendons or stretched nerves due to the deformity can also lead to pain. Also compromised blood supply can lead to pain, and in the presence of rapid swelling, numbness, pain on passive stretch of the fingers may indicate an impending emergency needing immediate medical attention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Radius fracture: It's a common medical condition which normally presents as "wrist" fracture, however, it indicates a fracture of the distal radius. Typically seen in women of postmenopausal age, but can happen in any person. More so in those with fragile bones (osteoporosis). Uncomplicated cases require no surgery. ...Read more
6-12 weeks: While every surgeon has a different postoperative protocol, most will start motion and or physical therapy 2-6 weeks after surgery, depending on how well the bone is fixated. at 6-12 weeks most patients are back to regular daily activities. It is best to wait a full 12 weeks before returning to impact activities and heavy lifting with the operated wrist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: I would definitely check with the surgeon it could be as simple as the fracture is recent and still healing but you want to make sure that the pins or fracture has not shifted in position you also want to make sure that there is no associated nerve injury which could be causing severe pain. ...Read more
Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more
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