Radius Fractures

Radius fractures are often a result of a fall on an outstretched hand. They are one of the most common injuries seen in the orthopaedic clinic and can affect all ages. If you suspect that you may have broken your radius, it is important to have this injury checked out by your doctor.

Mostly these fractures occur at the end of the forearm, the distal radius- being the area and the bone most likely to fracture. Depending on the amount of damage to the radius, the position of the fracture fragments (displacement/angulation), whether or not the distal ulna is involved, and other general factors about the individual will determine how this injury will be treated. Most of these fractures will require a plaster cast and some may require an operation to give this injury a chance to heal properly. Once the bone is healed, it is important to undergo rehabilitation to maximise chances of recovery.