Wrist and hand fracturesDistal radial fractures are the most common fractures to occur in humans, and are typically caused by falling onto the outstretched hand.
These fractures usually used to be treated conservatively by closed reduction and plaster fixation, but this often led to poor results. Treatment these days often involves surgery – closed reduction with wires, external fixation, or plates and screws.
More modern fixed-angle implants have improved outcomes, especially in older people with osteoporosis. Osteosynthesis with screws and plates to retain the fracture ensures functional treatment after only a few days.