How Do You Treat A Fractured Humerus?

How long does it take to heal a fractured humerus?

The humerus is the long bone in your upper arm.

When broken it needs specialised care so that you can cope with the problems it brings.

It will take a minimum of 12 weeks to heal.

This is a very painful injury so take your pain relief medication regularly as prescribed by the doctor..

Can a fractured humerus heal on its own?

Most mid-shaft humerus fractures can heal with immobilization and usually do not require surgery. Casting is not commonly used. Your doctor will determine when you can begin physical therapy. Your therapists will help you move your shoulder joint at first with passive range of motion exercises.

How painful is a proximal humerus fracture?

The symptoms of a proximal humeral fracture can vary by the location of the fracture, the complexity of the fracture, and your general health. Common symptoms include: Shoulder pain or upper arm pain. Difficulty moving your arm and shoulder.

Can you still move your arm if it fractured?

After proper treatment and rehabilitation, most patients regain full strength and range of motion in the injured arm. The prognosis is also excellent for most forearm fractures. In most patients, the broken bones heal successfully.

What is the most common site of fracture in the humerus?

The most common location of proximal fractures is at the surgical neck of the humerus. Incidence of proximal fractures increases with age, with about 75% of cases occurring among people over the age of 60.

Why does my broken arm hurt more at night?

Bone stress injuries occur because of an unfamiliar increase in physical activity and is related to overuse, under recovery and several considerations that result in the bone not being able to keep up with the required adaptations. A fracture can result and this will cause pain at night time.

Can you move your arm with a broken humerus?

Symptoms of a humerus fracture Symptoms can include pain, swelling, and bruising. If the bone breaks through the skin, bleeding can occur at the site. It may be hard to move and use the shoulder, arm, or elbow as you would normally.

How do you sleep with a broken humerus?

Sleeping. You should sleep upright, either in an arm chair, or sitting up in bed propped up on plenty of pillows. Your upper arm should be allowed to hang and not be rested on pillows which may force your shoulder upwards.

How do I shower with a broken humerus?

NO BATHING OR SHOWERING. To wash under the injured arm, lean slightly to the side and forward. This will give access to the underarm. Use a face cloth, soap and water ensuring the area is dried thoroughly. Do not try to raise your arm A fractured Humerus can be very mobile.

How long does swelling last after a broken humerus?

It may be a year or more before the swelling is down to a minimum, and the “ache” is gone. Even so, expect pain with weather changes for 1-3 years after the fracture. The shoulder may always look a little bigger, and have less motion than the “normal” shoulder.

Can you drive with a broken humerus?

Yes and no, as there are no specific laws around driving with a broken arm or wrist, but you could get pulled over if your driving is affected by your injury.

Should you wear a sling to bed?

It is important you wear your sling in bed for the recommended period, unless you are instructed otherwise. We recommend you sleep on your back or unaffected side. When lying on your back we suggest you use a pillow underneath your injured arm for support.