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 nonoperative management, but others need to be treated surgically taking into consideration the age and health of the patient. If treated nonoperatively, the patient will rest the arm in a sling for four to six weeks. They generally begin to do pendulum exercises about three weeks after the fracture and begin range of motion with the shoulder at about four 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.
As our patient, you will have an in-depth consultation with one of our doctors. We will create an individualized treatment plan together, tailored to your problem and lifestyle. Our doctors prefer non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy and/or injections. If your problem ultimately does require surgery, our doctors prefer the least invasive surgical techniques possible. Our goals are the same as yours: to get you back to living your best life, pain free.