Humerus (Upper Arm Bone) Fractures Treatment
The upper arm bone, or humerus, is susceptible to fractures. Most fractures of the humerus occur either at the midpoint (shaft) or near the shoulder (proximal). Broken upper arm bone treatment depends on the type of fracture. It can require surgery if it is a displaced or complex fracture, but many humerus fractures can be treated with non-surgical methods. Our orthopedic physicians and surgeons at DOCS Health offer effective humerus (upper arm bone) fractures treatment at our Los Angeles medical center.
Causes and Symptoms of a Broken Upper Arm Bone
Broken upper arm bones are common in a variety of accidents. Falls, either from heights or on an outstretched arm, can result in a broken arm. Car accidents and high impact sports can also result in both proximal and shaft humerus fractures. Symptoms of a humerus fracture include:
- Severe pain
- Bruising and swelling
- Deformity of the arm
- Difficulty or inability to move shoulder or arm
When a humerus fracture occurs, a medical examination and imaging are needed to determine the extent of the break and injury. If it is a simple break and the bones can be aligned without surgery, a brace or cast is usually used to immobilize the bone while it heals. However, if the fracture is displaced, complex or open, surgery is usually required.
Humerus fractures can vary greatly in the extent of treatment and rehabilitation. It is possible to suffer nerve and tissue damage as well as a fracture to the bone. Complex fractures may require surgery and months of recovery and rehabilitation to restore complete function to the arm and shoulder.
If you or a family member need fractured humerus (upper arm bone) treatment, contact our orthopedic experts at DOCS Health. We have a state-of-the-art medical center in Los Angeles for surgical and non-surgical orthopedic care for broken arms.