Broken bones can occur following trauma or accidents.
The commonest fractures are wrist fractures involving the distal radius especially in the elderly. Younger patients often sustain distal radial fractures from high energy injuries (eg motorbike, cycle, fall from a height etc.).
There is a small bone in the wrist called the scaphoid bone which is extremely important for the function of the wrist. Fractures of the scaphoid can be difficult to diagnose and can lead to problems with healing sometime requiring complex surgery. Fractures around the elbow are less common but are very important to be treated to prevent stiffness of the elbow.