The radius is one of the two long bones located in the arm. `Distal` refers to the end of the bone that is closest to the wrist. The radius is one of the most commonly broken bones in the human body, especially amongst the elderly as a fall from a standing position provides enough trauma on the wrist to snap this bone. The fracture usually occurs an inch from the wrist and can break in a number of different ways, including a colles fracture.
Using a wrist support for distal radius fractures is a key way of assisting the healing process. A break must be immobilised if the bones are to knit back together without complications and using a wrist brace designed for distal radius fractures ensures the right level of support is provided. The gentle compression helps to control swelling and reduces pain while the wrist splint for fractures holds the hand in a natural position to prevent strain on the ligaments and muscles in other parts of the hand as they try and compensate for the arm being out of action. A wrist support for distal radius fractures has the protection and support of a traditional cast, but is lightweight and less bulky.
There are a range of wrist supports for distal radius fractures available here at Health and Care, enabling you to find the one most suitable for your needs. If you require additional information about the wrist supports, please contact our help team on 020 7720 2266 and they will be happy to assist you further.