Colles' wrist fracture - Prevention
Transverse wrist fracture; Dinner-fork deformity of the wrist
- Eat a well-balanced diet with adequate amounts of calcium.
- Exercise regularly to slow or prevent problems with the muscles, joints, and bones.
- Install railings or use aids such as a cane or walker to help prevent falls.
- Remove any obstacles that may cause a person to trip or fall (such as loose rugs).
- Use protective equipment during high-risk sports, such as rollerblading.
Women and men over age 50 should ask their health care provider whether they need bone mineral density (BMD) testing to check for thinning of bone tissue (or osteoporosis).
- Reviewed last on: 7/28/2010
- Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Unviersity of Washington School of Medicine; and C. Benjamin Ma, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Woolfrey KGH, Woolfrey MR, Eisenhauer MA. Wrist and forearm. In: Marx JA, ed. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 48.
Mercier LR. The forearm, wrist, and hand. In: Mercier LR, ed. Practical Orthopedics. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2008:chap 7.
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