Can you cast a humerus fracture?
Many isolated humeral shaft fractures (assuming you do not have any other injuries) can be treated without surgery, even if the radial nerve is injured. The treatment is done with a cast. For the patient, the orthopedic surgeon may switch from a splint (cast) to an adjustable brace at around 1-3 weeks after the injury.
How long do you wear a cast for a broken humerus?
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.
How long does humerus fracture take to heal?
Proximal Humerus Fracture Healing Time Most people with proximal humerus fractures do very well. By six weeks, patients are extremely comfortable and usually are released to full activities such by three months. Continued stiffness is a common problem and prolonged therapy or exercises is often needed.
How long does the pain last with a fractured humerus?
It will take a minimum of 12 weeks to heal. Patients may be on pain relief medications for a longer duration.
Can a broken humerus be a mobile bone?
A fractured humerus can be very mobile and you may feel and hear the bone moving in the plaster, this is not unusual but by letting the arm hang loosely from the shoulder you could prevent this from happening. The best way to manage your fracture is to let your arm hang in the collar and cuff provided.
What should I do with a broken humerus?
Keep the plaster dry – no baths – no showers. To wash the injured side lean forward and let your arm swing forward from the shoulder. Do not lift your arm up. Use baby wipes or a well wrung out face cloth. Be aware that your balance may be seriously affected. Take greater care when walking about, especially when coming down stairs. Take your time.
What are the different types of humerus fractures?
There are two types of humerus fractures based on the location of the break (s). Trauma from a fall or accident are often the cause of this type of fracture. Treatment varies depending on the type and severity of the break but may include the use of a sling, brace, splint or cast and/or surgery.
How is a humerus shaft fracture treated without surgery?
Humerus Shaft Fracture 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.