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What Would 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
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
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
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
8-12 weeks: ORIF ( open reduction and internal fixation) of distal radius fractures is a fairly common orthopedic procedure. Most fractures( after plating)will heal about 8 weeks after surgery and may require another few weeks to strengthen. ' back to normal' May take a bit longer and depends on your age, how 'shattered'( comminuted) the fracture was and your motivation. Best of Luck! ...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
Depends: For a simple colles fracture, once casted you can play in the cast. Generally, you will be casted for around 6 weeks then allowed to be cast free but likley restricted from sports for an additional few weeks until you have restored normal motion and function to the wrist joint. Depends on fracture: bones take atleast 6 weeks to heal and the joint a few weeks to regain its flexibility and function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2 weeks: Not sure of your age or whether your distal radius fx w/ dorsal angulation(colles' fx.) needed reduction or whether it went into the joint( intraarticular). These are all important factors when seeing patients for follow-up.Ors vary but most would see u after a closed reduction( or orif) in 1 wk. And then every 2 wks.Until fx.Has healed and motion/ strength regained. ...Read more
What is a left colles' fracture; displacement of left radius fracture present? If my wrist is broke, why does my elbow look broken too?
Have it checked: At times one can have fractures of your wrist as well as your elbow. So if you are concerned make sure to tell you orthopaedic surgeon. X-ray of your elbow will then be needed to rule out any fractures/dislocations there. Colles fracture is a type of distal radius (wrist fracture) -- the name is based on the direction of the distal fracture fragment displacement. ...Read more
Can a soccer player play with a cast on with pins in after surgery for a colles fracture? How long of a return timetable?
Unlikely, should not: If the fracture was severe enough to require surgery, then it would not be wise to risk a fall and waste the progress already made. These fractures typically take 6-8 weeks to heal with fixation, followed by a short period of bracing for rigorous (soccer-like) activity. I would trust your surgeon's judgement on the return date as they would know the severity of your injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do orthopedic surgeons insert external pins into a fractured wrist? It is a colles fracture that needed surgery. Do they need to drill into bone?
Power drill: Sounds like you are describing an external fixator.Threaded pins are placed w/ a power drill( generally 2 placed in 2nd metacarpal and 2 placed in radius bone proximal to the fracture). The pins are connected to clamps which hold the fixator rods .The clamps and rods can hold the fracture in good alignment by 'traction' and "ligamentotaxis". Plating is an alternative to ex. Fixators... ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Radius fracture: it is hard to generally give a best answer for this very large category of injuries except to say that the treatment option is very specific with respect to the many factors such as age, extent of injury. displacement. articular involvement iopen or closed injury. Quality of soft tissues. And finally what the goals of treatment are and what the extent that the patient wants to go through things ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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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