Barrie, K A, MD, Wolfe, S W, MD

Fractures of the distal radius are the most common fractures of the upper extremity. Unlike the more common, lower-energy, extraacticular fractures, intraarticular distal radius fractures represent a complex injury that is associated is less favorable for displaced, comminuted, intraarticular fractures. The primary reason behind these less favorable outcomes is atributed to problems restoring and maintaining an anatomic reduction of the articular surface.