Balance Exercises To Prevent Colles’ Fractures

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

    Balance exercises are essential for older adults to perform on a daily basis to prevent falls and injuries from falls such as Colles’ fractures. The forearm contains two bones, the radius and the ulna. A Colles’ fracture is a fracture of the distal radius in the forearm. Typically during a Colles’ fracture, there is a displacement between the wrist and forearm, resulting in what is called a dinner fork or bayonet fracture because of how the fracture looks. In a Colles’ fracture, the distal aspect of the distal radius is displaced dorsally. Often times, a Colles’ fracture results in the fragments of the distal radius bone. When there are fragments of the radius or significant angulation and deformity, the individual may require an open reduction and internal fixation or external fixation surgery to repair the fracture. If the fracture is small and has mild angulation and displacement, then the person may require closed reduction, followed by casting for 6-8 weeks. Colles’ fractures most often occur secondary to an individual falling onto a hard surface and breaking their fall with outstretched arms . Colles’ fractures are most often seen in elderly people, post menopausal women or individuals with osteoporosis.  Please see

Balance Exercises Help Reduce The Risk Of Colles’ Fractures

By practicing balance exercises every day, a person can improve her balance and sensory awareness that will help to diminish the risk and incidence of falling and incurring a Colles’ fracture. In our physical therapy clinic, we work on stability exercises that include controlling weight shifting activities front to back and side to side. These weight shifting exercises enable the individual to control their center balance point, in order to keep them from falling if they are leaning forward.  Additionally, equilibrium exercises help to strengthen the person’s balance reactions at their feet and ankles, which enable them to respond appropriately to challenging balance situations, thereby decreasing the risk of losing their balance and falling. Now you can practice a professionally developed exercise balance program in the convenience of your own home with the Exercise For Balance DVD.


Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVDGood Balance: Start Balance Exercises With the Exercise For Balance DVD

    Don’t fall and sustain a Colles’ fracture. Instead, begin the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The Balance DVD can easily be used at home or in a group setting. The DVD has clear explanations of the best balance and strength exercises needed to enhance senior fitness and to perform basic activities like walking, standing, stair climbing or to advance to high level activities like dancing and hiking. In the Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve balance, balance techniques and balance routines from a balance trainer –licensed Physical Therapist– who has worked with balance and dizziness disorders for over 20 years. Get your copy of the Exercise For Balance DVD by clicking on the BUY NOW button

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To keep from falling and fracturing a wrist, start balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.