What Is Humerus Fracture?

Q:
What is humerus fracture?

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Humerus fracture is the break of the humerus bone in the upper arm. There are three types of humerus fracture according to different locations: Proximal humerus fracture, Mid-shaft humerus fracture and Distal humerus fracture.

All of osteoporosis, bone cancer, bone infections, bone cysts or tumors can lead to humerus fracture. Common symptoms are presented as pain, swelling, discoloration of the skin at the site of the fracture, bruising, etc.

Speaking of the treatments of humerus fracture, they may include pins and screws, bone grafting, etc. Pins and screws are used to hold the broken ends of your humerus in place; Bone grafting requires taking a piece of bone from another area of your body and adding it to your humerus.

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Jul 17, 2019

About 80% of proximal humeral fractures are what medical professionals call non-displaced—meaning the broken bones remain in their correct anatomical position. Non-displaced and minimally displaced fractures can usually be treated successfully without surgery. Conversely, surgery may be necessary when bones are displaced from their normal positions. Nonetheless, treatment of displaced fractures in the elderly remains controversial due to poor bone healing.

Proximal humerus fractures are more common in older persons than in younger adults. This fracture usually occurs as a result of falling, usually at home, directly on to the shoulder. In the proximal humerus, the bone is more fragile than lower in the forearm. The healing potential in the proximal humerus is, however, better than lower in the forearm.

The results of a recent nordic collaboration study showed that there is no difference in functional results between operative and non-operative treatment in persons aged 60 or more with displaced proximal humerus fractures.

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