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What is humeral fracture?

A break in the upper arm bone. This can occur from different types of injuries, and has different patterns depending on the mechanism of injury and location in the bone.

Symptoms of humeral fracture

  • Moving the arm / shoulder worsens the pain

  • Arm pain

  • Pain in the arms and/or legs

  • Shoulder pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for humeral fracture

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose humeral fracture

  • Does your pain worsen when you move arms or shoulders?

  • Do you have pain in the arms?

  • Do you have pain in your arms and/or legs?

  • Do you have shoulder pain?

Treatment for humeral fracture

Some breaks can be treated with a splint or brace, while other fracture patterns may need surgery to realign and fixate the bone.

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  • Arm pain

  • Limb pain

  • Pain in the shoulder

References

  • Maresca A, Pascarella R, Bettuzzi C, Amendola L, Politano R, Fantasia R, Del Torto M. Multifocal humeral fractures. Injury. 2014 Feb;45(2):444-7. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2013.10.010. Epub 2013 Oct 18. PMID: 24183393.

    https://www.injuryjournal.com/article/S0020-1383(13)00474-9/fulltext

  • Schwartz, C., Cuny, C. Fractures of the proximal humerus: a prospective review of 188 cases. Eur J Orthop Surg Traumatol 13, 1–12 (2003).

    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00590-003-0070-9

  • Bhashyam, Abhiram R. MD, PhD; Ochen, Yassine MD; van der Vliet, Quirine M.J. MD, PhD; Leenen, Luke P.H. MD, PhD; Hietbrink, Falco MD, PhD; Houwert, Roderick M. MD, PhD; Dyer, George S.M. MD, FACS; Heng, Marilyn MD, MPH, FRCSC. Association of Patient-reported Outcomes With Clinical Outcomes After Distal Humerus Fracture Treatment. JAAOS: Global Research and Reviews 4(2):p e19.00122, February 2020. | DOI: 10.5435/JAAOSGlobal-D-19-00122

  • Naclerio, Emily H. MD; McKee, Michael D. MD, FRCS(C). Approach to Humeral Shaft Nonunion: Evaluation and Surgical Techniques. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 30(2):p 50-59, January 15, 2022. | DOI: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-21-00634

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Reviewed By:

Kent C Doan, MD

Kent C Doan, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

Dr Doan Graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and completed residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado. He completed additional fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in complex and revision knee and shoulder surgery at the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. He also holds an assistant professorship at the University of Kansas City.

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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