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Distal Radius Fracture – Statistics

April 2, 2021


Distal radius fractures are actually one of the most common fractures we see. The incidence in the United States is more than 500,000 fractures a year. That puts it in the top 5 in terms of the frequency of bone breaks that we see in the United States every year. It's a very common injury. Although children sometimes do break their bones, bones in young children fortunately are more flexible and are much less prone to fracturing. So distal radius fractures in young children are actually quite uncommon. However, as we age, our bones become more brittle, and as our lifestyle changes, they become weaker as well. So fractures of the distal radius in the elderly are very, very common.

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