Fractured Distal Radius & Ulna
A definition of Fractured Distal Radius & Ulna
Fractured distal radius/ulna is also known as a “broken wrist” or Colles’ fracture. The radius is the forearm bone on the thumb side. The second bone of the forearm is called the ulna and is commonly fractured when the distal radius is fractured. Symptoms of this fracture can include: pain, stiffness, swelling, and deformity of the wrist, often robbing the patient of many day to day activities. Once your bone heals, and the cast is removed, it is necessary to remodel and elongate the connective tissue to restore full range of motion in the wrist. A dynamic splint will gradually apply a low-load force to the joint to stretch and lengthen the tissue. If you have a broken wrist or a Colles’ fracture, you may want to consider wearing a Dynasplint® System to aid in your recovery process.