Colles' fracture



Colles fracture is a common break in one of the long bones, known as the radius, of the wrist. The break causes a piece of the bone to tilt up. The condition usually occurs when someone falls on a hand that's stretched out.


Symptoms include severe pain that might get worse when the wrist moves. The wrist is likely to be tender and swollen or bruised.


Treatment may include a splint or cast. Some breaks need surgery. After the bone heals, physical therapy can help the wrist move better.