This article focus to Overview Common Wrist Fractures. Wrist Fractures also known as Distal radius fractures are generally very common. Almost all commonly broken wrist bone which has a fall on an outstretched hand is often a break of a distal radius. The radius is the larger of the two forearm bones along with the end toward the wrist is actually called the distal end. When the area of the radius near the wrist breaks it is measured to be a fracture of the distal radius. Signs of a distal radius fracture are instant pain, bruising, swelling, and tenderness. Sometimes the wrist hangs in an odd or bent way, or else known as a deformity.