Distal Radius

  • Daniel PurcellEmail author
  • Bryan A. Terry


The distal radius is one of the most commonly fractured bones encountered in the emergency department. Knowledge of structural/radiographic anatomy and common reduction/splinting techniques are important skills to possess in the acute care setting. The following section will describe the approach to initial evaluation, associated techniques of intervention/immobilization, as well as avoidance of potential pitfalls in their management.


Distal radius FOOSH mechanism Colles fracture Smith fracture Barton fracture Radial styloid fracture Ligamentotaxis Sugar-tong splint Volar splint Galeazzi fracture-dislocation Radio-carpal dislocation Non-union Malunion 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Emergency DepartmentNew York University Langone Medical Center BrooklynNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.The Brooklyn Hospital CenterBrooklynUSA

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