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Distal Radius Fracture Colles' fractures:
when falling on an outstretched hand, where the hand is extended backward on the wrist humerus radius ulna Distal Radius
Fracture Smith’s fractures:
when the hand is flexed forward under the wrist. Distal radius fracture is a break across the end of the radius, main bone of the forearm. There are two common variants of distal radius fractures that are characterized by the direction of forces applied to the wrist during a fall: Colles Fracture and Smith Fracture.
Classifying the type of fractures Intra-articular Fracture Extra-articular Fracture Open fracture Comminuted Fracture A fracture that extends into the joint A fracture that does not extend into the joint When a fractured bone breaks the skin When a bone is broken into more than two pieces LifeART Collection Images Copyright © 1989-2001 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD