Humerus Fracture – Causes, Symptoms & Treatment
Conditions of the Elbow
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- Elbow/Olecranon bursitis
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Biceps tendonitis
- Elbow contusion/bruise
- Humerus fracture
- Radial head fracture
- Olecranon fracture
- Pronator teres syndrome
- Median nerve injury
- Radial tunnel syndrome
- Forearm splints
Treatment & Surgery
The elbow joint is made up of three bones – the humerus, ulna and the radius. It bends and straightens like a hinge and it is also important for rotating your forearm, like the ability to turn your hands up. The elbow is a complicated joint and elbow fractures can involve both of the forearm bones, as well as the humeru
A humerus fracture may be classified by the location of the humerus: the upper or proximal end, the shaft, or the lower distal.
Fractures of the humerus usually result from falls or direct traumas.
Common symptoms of humerus fracture
- Pain and stiffness
- Loss of shoulder/arm function
- Swelling and bruising.
Depending on the symptoms, Dr Siow will normally diagnose the fracture with an X-ray or a CT scan.
Treatment such as applying ice packs, pain relievers and being placed in a arm sling may help to ease the pain. However, a complicated humerus fracture may require surgery to realign the broken bone with implant plates, screws or rods to maintain proper alignment during healing. The eventual goal of treatment for a distal humerus fracture is to regain full motion of the elbow, as it was prior to the injury.
If you do suspect that you may have a humerus fracture, seek prompt medical attention from us.
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