Humerus Fracture

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Humerus Fracture

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What is Humerus Fracture?

Humerus Fracture is a break in the bone of the upper arm. It can happen at any age, but it’s most common in people over age 50.

The humerus is the longest bone in your body. It connects your shoulder to your elbow and helps keep your shoulder stable during movement.

You have two humeruses: one on each side of your body. They are connected by ligaments and muscles, including tendons that allow you to move your arms and hands.

When a person has a Humerus Fracture, one or more of these bones can break.

What are the types of Humerus Fracture?

The Humerus is the bone that connects your shoulder to your elbow. It’s also known as the “ball” of your shoulder joint. The humerus can be fractured in three different places:

  1. Proximal (ball part of the shoulder joint)
  2. Mid-shaft (middle of the bone)
  3. Distal (near the elbow joint)

Proximal Humeral Fractures

Proximal humeral fractures are those that occur near the ball part of the shoulder joint. These fractures can be difficult to treat because they often involve damage to ligaments and tendons in addition to the break itself. This type of fracture requires surgery and may require rods or plates to hold it together during healing.

A proximal humerus fracture is usually caused by a fall or car accident, and it usually involves a break in only one bone.

Mid-Shaft Fractures

Mid-shaft fractures occur in the middle of the bone and are more common than proximal humeral fractures. These types of injuries can be treated with surgery but may require screws and/or plates to hold them together during healing.

A mid-shaft fracture most often occurs after an arm has been bent back or extended forcefully, and it typically involves more than one break in the bone.

Distal Humeral Fractures

A distal humerus fracture occurs at the end of your forearm where it meets your elbow joint. This type of fracture is typically caused by falling on an outstretched hand during a fall or by falling onto an outstretched arm during contact sports such as football, hockey, and wrestling.

A distal humerus fracture occurs when there is an impact on the outside of your arm near your elbow, causing damage to one section of the bone and sometimes nearby tissues like tendons or ligaments.

What are the causes of Humerus Fracture?

Humerus Fracture is a common injury caused by a fall or other trauma to the upper arm.

The humerus is the bone that runs from the shoulder to the elbow and is responsible for many of the arm’s movements. When this bone breaks, it can be a result of:

  • Injury from a car accident or other trauma
  • Falling off of a skateboard or bicycle
  • A bad fall on ice or snow
  • A sports injury such as a torn rotator cuff or dislocated shoulder

What are the symptoms of Humerus Fracture?

The symptoms of Humerus Fracture are:

  • Aching or pain in the shoulder and upper arm.
  • Swelling and bruising around the shoulder.
  • Loss of ability to use the arm or hand normally
  • Pain on moving the arm forward or backward (abduction and adduction).

What are the risk factors for Humerus Fracture?

Humerus Fracture is a break in the humerus, which is the large bone that connects your shoulder to your elbow.

The most common risk factors for Humerus Fracture include:

  • Older age
  • Fractures to other bones in the body, such as the hip or spine
  • Prior broken bones (fractured bones)
  • Injury from a car crash or fall
  • Overuse of the arm
  • Certain types of surgery
  • Certain medical conditions

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What are the exercises for Humerus Fracture?

After your Humerus Fracture has been diagnosed, you will be prescribed exercises to help regain strength and mobility.

Here are some of the most common exercises for this condition:

Table Slides

You will use a table that has a slide attached to it. The slide allows you to move your arm while lying on your stomach over the table. This helps strengthen your arm without putting too much pressure on it.

Dowel exercises

With this exercise, you hold a dowel in each hand and do bicep curls with them. This exercise should be done slowly and smoothly so that it doesn’t put any pressure on your shoulder joint. You should do this exercise 3 times per week for 4-5 weeks after surgery or until full range of motion is regained.

Submaximal Isometrics

This is done by holding an object at shoulder level with elbows bent at 90 degrees for 10 seconds at a time, then lowering it slowly to rest for 30-60 seconds before repeating again for 10 reps total (3 sets). This helps strengthen your shoulder muscles without putting too much pressure on them during recovery time from surgery or injury; however, if pain occurs during or after these exercises then discontinue immediately.

What are the treatments for Humerus Fracture?

Humerus Fracture is a common injury that often requires treatment. There are several different ways to treat Humerus Fracture:

Surgical Treatment

This involves making an incision in the skin and muscles around the site of the fracture, placing a plate and screws in the bone to hold it together while it heals. This can be done through open surgery or through arthroscopic surgery.

Nonsurgical Treatment

This involves using a sling and/or cast to keep your arm immobile until the fracture heals on its own. This can take anywhere from 3-6 weeks depending on how badly fractured your humerus is and how much pain you are experiencing from it.

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What brace is used for Humerus Fracture?

There are two main types of braces for Humerus Fractures.

The first is an arm sling, which is used to support the arm and keep it in place while it heals. This type of brace generally has a strap that goes around the neck and one that goes around the chest (or shoulders).

The second type of brace is called a hinged or hinge-type brace. This type of brace can be worn during activities like driving a car or playing sports, but it should be removed before sleeping.

Both types of braces should be worn until the doctor says you don’t need them anymore.

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