Understanding Distal Radius Fractures - PT17

Understanding Distal Radius Fractures

by Sarah Arnold, MS, OT
(4.3 / 6019 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


This goal of this continuing education program will be to discuss the causes of distal radius fractures, review relevant wrist anatomy, and describe the healing process of these types of fractures. Therapy after a distal radius fracture can be relatively straightforward or challenging. Conservative and operative treatment options, potential complications, “life after the break,” patient education on fall prevention, and realistic expectations will be addressed.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide therapists with information regarding the epidemiology, relevant anatomy, bony healing process, and complications associated with distal radius fractures so that a successful rehabilitation program can be instituted. After you study the information here, you will be able to:
  • List three risk factors for developing a distal radius fracture
  • Describe appropriate treatments throughout the various stages of bone healing
  • Identify three complications of a distal radius fracture
  • Identify ways of addressing distal radius facture complications

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by The NY State Ed. Dept. of CE for PT and PTA from 10/21/2009 to 10/20/2021.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 1/1/10 to 1/31/13; 1601004 for 2/1/13 to 1/31/16; and 1902004TX for 2/1/16 to 1/31/19 and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in TX. The assignment of TX PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
As of 4/5/10, OnCourse Learning is recognized by The PT Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning was approved as a provider of CE by The NC PT Association (provider no. 09-0215-001PR) from 3/8/09 through 3/8/10.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed PT CE sponsor (#216.000275) with The IL Dept. of Financial and Professional Reg. from July 2013 through 9/30/2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the CE requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no.10S0202, exp. date 1/14/11; approval no.11S0676 for 01/15/11 to 01/15/12; 12S0172 for 01/16/12 to 01/16/13; 13S0248 for 01/17/13 to 01/17/14; 14S0345 for 01/18/14 to 01/18/15; 15S0596 for 01/19/15 to 01/19/16; 16S0778 for 01/20/16 to 01/20/17; 17S0130 for 01/21/17 to 01/21/18).
The FL PT Association (approval no.CE100014948, exp. date 12/31/10; CE110017075 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11; CE120417127 for 1/1/12 to 12/31/12; CE130019637 for 1/1/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021448 for 1/1/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023809 for 1/1/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27100 for 1/1/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-518161 for 1/1/17 to 12/31/17; 17S6857 for 1/22/18 to 1/22/19). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply The FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The TN PT Association (approval no.3733 for 04/12/11 to 04/11/12; 4244 for 4/12/12 to 04/11/13, 4985 for 4/12/13 to 4/11/14, 5474 for 4/12/14 to 04/11/15; 6035 for 4/12/15 to 4/11/16; 2016-170 for 4/12/16 to 4/11/17; 2017-065 for 4/12/17 to 4/11/18) for Class 1 CE Req.
The PA Board of PT (PTCE002233 for 5/23/11 to 12/31/12, PTCE003848 for 1/1/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007150 for 1/1/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE009943 for 1/1/17 to 12/31/18). 
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 115-2010, exp. date 1/31/12; 106-2012 from 2/1/12 to 1/31/14; 248-2014 for 2/1/14 to 1/31/16; 2016-357 for 2/1/16 to 1/31/18).
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 3/24/11 to 3/23/15; 2/13/2015 to 2/13/2019.
The NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of CE for 2/28/12 to 7/31/13; 7/31/13 to 7/31/15; 7/31/15 to 7/31/17; 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
The IL Chapter CE Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of CE offerings established by The IL PT Association (approval no. 437.3152; expiration date 1/1/11; approval no. 437-3777 for 4/1/11 to 4/1/12; 437-4207 for 4/1/12 to 4/1/13; 437-4784 for 4/1/13 to 4/1/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL PT Act (section 13460.61) published by the IL Dept. of Professional Regulation, a PT or PTA applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a max. of 50% of their required CE hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 1/18/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/1/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/1/2020


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Renee C - franklin square, NY  ·  Sep 07, 2018
helpful in relation to hand therapy
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John S - las vegas, NV  ·  Jun 30, 2018
This had lots of great information.
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Michael H - Memphis, TN  ·  Mar 21, 2018
Very useful course. Thank you.
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Allen M - San Francisco, CA  ·  Feb 02, 2018
good course. enjoyed it. it was very informative. and had good anatomy review as well.
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Edward J - Maineville, OH  ·  Dec 02, 2017
Helpful! Excellent review of wrist anatomy. Especially appreciated the informative section on differentiation of therapy depending on the healing stage.
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Price: $19.00
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