Fractures of the distal radius are a relatively common injury affecting the wrist.  If left untreated they can result in mal-union of the bone, which may cause a painful reduction in the range of motion in the wrist.  Depending on the severity of the fracture, treatment consists of splinting, surgical open reduction and internal fixation with a plate and screws, arthroscopic reduction and internal fixation using percutaneous k-wires or a combination of both.

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