A Colles Fracture is a broken radius bone in the wrist which is on the thumb side of the wrist. This is most commonly due to trauma such as a fall with an outstretched hand. A person may need to have a cast, splint and at times surgery is indicated to realign the fracture.
Wrist may look deformed with hand higher than wrist (dorsal displacement)
Difficulty moving wrist up/down and rotating palm up/down
What to expect from therapy
A therapist will evaluate your wrist pain, range of motion, swelling, muscle strength, sensation and ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL). Treatments may include the use of therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise, splints to stabilize and protect the fracture, elevation techniques and massage to improve swelling, and muscle strengthening when fracture is healed.