When does a Colles fracture occur?

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.

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How can I know if I have a Colles' fracture?

Radiographs. If one thinks that they have a wrist fracture, an Xray is essential to make the diagnosis. Read more...

What does it meant to have colles' fracture?

Broken wrist. Colles fracture is a fracture of the lower end of the radius bone. At your wrist. Read more...
Wrist. Classic deformity after a fracture at the end of the radius at the wrist level. Read more...

What are some of the symptoms of colles' fracture?

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 more...
Pain/Deformity. A colles fracture is a fracture of the distal radius (wrist ) . It is often caused by a fall on an outstretched hand . Because of the broken bone , bleeding causes swelling and deformity may be present if the fracture is displaced (out of place). Read more...
Swelling, deformity. Pain, swelling, wrist deformity. Often described visually as a "salad fork" deformity as colles describe the fracture in a manner where the deformity is similar in position to an upside down fork on a table. Read more...

How would a colles fracture in a male age 58 be treated?

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...

What causes the pain for people suffering from a colles fracture?

Trauma to the nerves. The process start when patient fall and continue by damaging the skin and the tendon and the nerves and the bone. These injuries cause swelling , the bone bleed from inside to cause pressure on the nerves, which cause the pain. When the swelling go away the pain cause away. 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 more...

What is colles fracture??? and appropiate method of operating it???

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...

How much duration does colles fracture require for recovery after being operated???

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 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 more...

For a simple colles fracture, why so long before return to play?

Distal radius injury. Much depends upon what you mean by "simple" and play. Do you mean a fracture of the radius in an adult that was reduced in the er and now is casted and "play" means boxing . Or do you mean a ten year od with a buckle fracture who wants to play recreational town soccer? "simple colles fracture' can mean a lot of different things, and this is why most orthopedists and hadn surgeons hate eponyms. 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 more...