Sometimes a wrist fracture is also called a “Colles fracture” or “Distal Radius Fracture.” Typically, a break occurs in the larger of the two bones in your forearm. The bone breaks on the lower end. Close to where it connects to the bones on the side where the thumb connects the wrist.
The most common type of wrist fracture is the Colles’ fracture. In fact, one out of every 10 broken bones is a broken wrist. Typically, these injuries occur from falling onto an outstretched arm or getting hit in the wrist.
A wrist fracture is more common in people who participate in contact sports, also skiers, inline skaters, and bikers. Additionally, people with osteoporosis or thinning of the bones are at an incredibly high-risk. Granted, they can happen to anyone who takes a fall or gets hit.