When the radius breaks near the wrist, it is called a distal radius fracture. The break usually happens due to falling on an outstretched or flexed hand. It can also happen in a car accident, a bike accident, a skiing accident or another sports activity.
Can you break your radius and not know it?
In many cases, distal radius fractures can be fairly obvious, causing wrist deformity and/or severe swelling. Other symptoms can be more subtle and mistaken for a milder injury, like a sprain.
Can you move your wrist with a distal radius fracture?
Because the plate is holding your fracture in place from the inside, it is very safe to move your wrist and forearm early. How long will it take to heal and what kind of results can I expect? Fractures of the distal radius usually need about 4-6 weeks for clinical bone healing, though sometimes it can take longer.
How painful is a radius fracture?
Immediate sharp pain after the accident takes place. Sometimes the fracture may be accompanied by the sound or the sensation of a bone breaking. You may experience abnormal swelling and tenderness in the wrist immediately that only worsens. A numbness that doesnt allow you to move your fingers or hand.
What are the symptoms of a radius fracture?
What are the symptoms of a distal radius fracture?Immediate pain with tenderness when touched.Bruising and swelling around the wrist.Deformity — the wrist being in an odd position.