Colles’ fracture

A break in the radius (one of the lower-arm bones) just above the wrist, in which the wrist and hand are displaced backwards, restricting movement and causing swelling and severe pain. The fracture is usually the result of putting out a hand to lessen the impact of a fall. The broken bones are manipulated back into position, and set in a cast. Healing takes up to 6 weeks. Hand and wrist movements usually return to normal, but there may be minor wrist deformity.


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