Distal radius fractures can range from simple, clean breaks to severe fractures with multiple bone fragments. Treatment options, which vary depending on the type of injury, are designed to hold the broken radius in its correct position while it heals. If the fracture ends are out of alignment, the physician may need to perform a procedure called a closed reduction to realign them. The bones can then be stabilized with a cast, splint, or brace that may cover only the wrist and forearm or may extend to above the elbow. If the bones cannot be realigned with this method, surgery may be required.