How long does it take for a fracture in the humerus to heal?
In adults of almost any age, proximal humerus fractures take four to eight weeks to heal well enough that they do not need any external support. Good strength is achieved by 12 weeks, but full healing with remodeling of the underlying bone may take 6 to 12 months.
Is a humerus fracture serious?
A fractured humerus or upper arm is extremely painful, and the patient may not be able to move their arm. Sometimes, the radial nerve (one of the main nerves in the arm) may be injured. This happens about 15% of the time. It is more common with fractures that happen closer to the base of the bone.
How long does a fractured humerus take to heal without surgery?
If you have fracture that doesn’t require surgery, you’ll need to wear a sling for two to six weeks. Proximal fractures generally require the least amount of time, while distal fractures need the most. If you have surgery, you may need to wear a cast, sling, splint, or brace for several weeks.
What is the best treatment for a broken humerus?
A humerus shaft fracture may be treated with or without surgery, depending on the fracture pattern and associated injuries (i.e., nerve injury or open fracture). A temporary splint extending from the shoulder to the forearm and holding the elbow bent at 90 degrees can be used for initial management of the fracture.
How do you shower with a broken humerus?
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.
Can a displaced humerus fracture heal without surgery?
Most fractures of the proximal humerus can be treated without surgery if the bone fragments are not shifted out of position (displaced). If the fragments are shifted out of position, surgery is often performed to allow earlier mobility.
How do you sleep with a broken humerus bone?
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.
Can a humerus fracture heal without surgery?
Why does my broken humerus 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.
How should I dress with a broken humerus?
Some Helpful Hints for Humerus Fractures
- Wear a shirt one size bigger and wear it over the sling.
- Wear your pants one size bigger and leave them buttoned/zippered so you can pull them on each time or wear a pair of drawstring pants (sweat pant style).