Causes & Symptoms
The most common cause of a distal radius fracture is a fall onto an outstretched arm.
Osteoporosis, a disorder in which bones become very fragile, can mean that a relatively minor fall results in a broken wrist. Many distal radius fractures in people older than 60 years of age are caused by a fall from a standing position.
A broken wrist can happen even in healthy bones, if the force of the trauma is severe enough. For example, a car accident, a fall off a bike or activities like snowboarding may generate enough force to break a wrist. Good bone health remains an important prevention option. Wrist guards may also help to prevent some fractures, in sporting activities like snowboarding for example, but they will not prevent them all.