What is a common complication of a proximal humerus fracture?
Several have been previously discussed and they most commonly are related to avascular necrosis and/or tuberosity malunion. Complications most commonly associated with non-operative treatment are avascular necrosis and symptomatic malunion [11, 12, 61].
Can a proximal humerus fracture heal without surgery?
Proximal Humeral Fracture 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 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.
Should you wear a sling to bed?
5. SLEEPING: For the first 6 weeks your sling should be kept on while you are in bed. You may find it more comfortable to sleep on your back initially, with a pillow under your operated arm for support. You may also find it more comfortable to sleep in a semi-sitting position.
Can you sleep lying down with a broken humerus?
Lay flat. Though it may be uncomfortable, try sleeping, as much as possible, in a seated/upright position. Lying flat may allow the bone to move and bend, even in a cast.
What is a Salter Harris type 1 fracture?
A Salter-Harris type I fracture refers to a fracture line that runs straight across the growth plate, involving the cartilage without affecting the bone. Type I may cause the epiphysis, or the rounded end of the bone, to separate from the rest of the bone.
What are the different types of proximal humeral fractures?
Proximal humeral fractures can be classified according to its location: 1 Physeal fractures – based on Salter-Harris classification system. Most are Salter-Harris I or II injuries. 2 Metaphyseal fractures – buckle or complete 3 Greater or lesser tuberosity fractures
What happens if a Salter-Harris fracture is not treated?
If a Salter-Harris fracture is not diagnosed and treated quickly, it can lead to permanent growth arrest, during which the bone stops growing entirely. Salter-Harris fractures are the most common types of fractures in children, especially in those assigned male at birth, and are more likely to cause bone deformity or growth arrest at younger ages.
Which physical findings are characteristic of Salter-Harris type 2 fractures?
Widening and abnormal signal intensity across the growth plate of the proximal humerus, indicating little league shoulder, a variation of a SH 1 fracture. Type 2 is the most common variety of Salter-Harris fractures.