Colles Fracture is a complete fracture of the radius bone in the forearm that breaks and not the carpal bones of the wrist. It is also known as a broken wrist, a distal radius fracture, transverse wrist fracture, or a dinner-fork deformity of the wrist. The colles fracture is one of the most common and very painful hence, challenging of the outpatient fractures. You won’t be able to hold or grip anything or your wrist will be swollen. You might also have bruising in the affected area. Colles’ fracture is defined as a linear transverse fracture of the distal radius approximately 1inch from the wrist on the thumb side. Collies Fracture occurs more often in older people with brittle bones, in children, whose bones tend to be soft. It can be treated successfully with surgery or physical therapy although recovery may be slow. It was first described by the Irish surgeon and anatomist Abraham Colles in 1814 and named after him.


Causes and risk factors

You’re more at risk of having a collies fracture if you:

  • are elderly
  • have osteoporosis, a disease that weakens your bones
  • have low muscle mass or poor muscle strength, or lack agility and have poor balance as these conditions make you more likely to fall
  • have an inadequate intake of calcium or vitamin D
  • walk or do other activities in snow , or do activities which requires a lot of forward momentum, such as in-line skating and skiing
  • road traffic accident, fall from height



Common symptoms of a Colles fracture include:

  • pain
  • bruising
  • swelling
  • the wrist hanging in a deformed way
  • tenderness


Physical therapy for Colles Fracture

Physical therepy at SOS PHYSIO will help in rebuilding strength in your wrist and regain your normal range of motion. Our physical therapists will strengthen your bones and muscles, which makes you less likely to fall and fracture a bone.

There are many physical therapy treatments such as Manual therapy & Active Release Techniques (ART) are found to be very effective in treating this type of disorder.
For more information- Contact your local SOS PHYSIO clinic


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