Broken Wrist 

(fractured distal radius)

Causes

Common causes of distal radial fractures include:

  • Falls. Falling onto an outstretched hand is one of the most common causes of a broken wrist.
  • Sports. Many wrist fractures occur during contact sports or sports in which you might fall onto an outstretched hand — such as snowboarding.
  • Motor vehicle accidents. These can be very severe injuries due to the high energy trauma. Often, the fractures are quite comminuted (in many pieces) requiring surgery by an Orthopaedic Surgeon.
13 June, 2010