Colles' Fracture Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Colles' Fracture treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.


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How to Treat Colles' Fracture

It takes 6-10 weeks for a fracture of the radius at the wrist to heal.

The type of treatment you receive depends upon where you broke your bone and how serious the break is. Some distal radius fractures are treated with a cast. Others may require surgery. Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. Treatment options include the following:

Medical Treatment

Your doctor may choose to treat the fracture using a cast. A splint may be applied first until your arm swelling goes down. Your cast may be removed after a few weeks and replaced if it loosens. Most casts are removed at about six weeks.

Some fractures require what's called a reduction. This means the doctor realigns the bones before healing begins. Reductions can be done by the doctor moving your arm into position or through surgery.

You can expect to have regular x-rays to monitor your healing.


A distal radius fracture sometimes requires surgery. The surgeon first realigns the bones (a reduction). Then may use any of the following to hold the bones together as they heal:

  • A plate and screws
  • Pins
  • An external device that holds the inside pins together
You may be given a splint to wear after surgery to keep your arm from moving too much.

Physical Therapy

You will probably work with a physical therapist. They can help you regain range of motion and strength.


Your doctor may prescribe a pain medicine or suggest an over-the-counter pain reliever.


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