Proximal humerus fractures are fractures of the upper portion of the arm.
Proximal humerus fractures can occur in many different fracture patterns involving the greater tuberosity, lesser tuberosity, surgical neck, or may be associated with a dislocation. Many of these fractures may be treated with non-operative management, but others need to be treated surgically taking into consideration the age and health of the patient. If treated non operatively the patient will rest the arm in a sling for 4-6 weeks. They generally begin to do pendulum exercises about 3 weeks after the fracture and begin range of motion with the shoulder at about 4 weeks. This will be determined at follow up appointments after careful examination and x-rays to check the alignment and healing of the fracture.
Generally, we try to get the shoulder moving again as soon as possible to avoid frozen shoulder. The patient will likely return to their normal activities after the fracture heals, although in some cases they may have decreased range of motion when compared with the uninjuried side.
Every patient receives an in-depth consultation to devise a treatment plan that is right for their problem. Our specialists prefer non-operative and non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy, medications, and/or injections. When we require surgery, we will then use minimally invasive surgical techniques to fix your problem, whether it is fixing a broken bone or repairing a tendon. Our goal is always to get you back to living your life normally as soon as possible.