Proximal Humerus Fracture

A humerus fracture is a broken bone (fracture) of the arm (humerus) between the shoulder and the elbow. This may be a complete or incomplete break. If the bones are in acceptable alignment (position), the initial treatment consists of ice and medications to help relieve pain. Immobilization by splinting or bracing in addition to a sling for six or more weeks is recommended to allow the bones to heal. Severe fractures and fractures that are displaced (not in appropriate alignment) require surgery to restore the bones to their proper position and promote healing. Surgery usually includes repositioning the fracture fragments and holding the alignment with plates and screws. After immobilization (with or without surgery), stretching and strengthening of the injured and weakened joints (elbow and shoulder) and surrounding muscles is necessary. This is usually done with the assistance of a physical therapist or athletic trainer.

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