The usual cause of a distal radius fracture is a fall on the outstretched hand or wrist. The most common way people fall is onto the palm. And therefore the bone is usually broken backward, breaking the weak bone on the back surface of the forearm. However, you can fall in any direction with enough force to cause the radius to break. And it breaks in numerous different patterns depending on the amount of energy and the direction of that fall. So there are a large number of different fracture patterns that we encounter and we see those on x-ray and other studies and evaluating these injuries and determining the best way to treat them.
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