Distal Radius Fractures

Brief Review:

  • Most often present with wrist pain and deformity immediately after a fall
  • Patient’s ability to move the wrist does not rule out a fracture
  • All patients with wrist pain after a fall should have AP, lateral, and oblique radiographs of the wrist.


  • Nondisplaced or minimally displaced fracture: splint for 5 to 7 days until swelling subsides and then casted in a short-arm cast.
  • Extraarticular, angulated fracture: Closed reduction with block
  • Comminuted or displaced intraarticular fractures: Orthopedic surgery referral