Radius, fracture of

A common type of fracture that may affect the lower end, upper end, or shaft of the radius. Fracture of the radius just above the wrist (see Colles’ fracture) is the most common of all fractures in people over 40. Fracture of the head of the radius just below the elbow is one of the most common fractures in young adults. Treatment involves immobilizing the broken bone in a cast or surgically. Healing takes approximately 6 weeks.


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