A humeral fracture is a condition characterized by a break in the upper arm bone (humerus)
The long bone of the upper arm is known as the humerus. The humerus joins with the shoulder blade to form the shoulder joint and the bones of the forearm (radius and ulna) to form the elbow
• Patients with a humeral fracture typically experience a sudden onset of sharp, intense pain at the time of injury that may cause an inability to move the shoulder and arm.
• Pain is usually located somewhere between the elbow and shoulder.
• Pain may increase when attempting to perform movements of the upper limb such as arm elevation, reaching out, overhead activities, taking the arm across the chest or during pushing, pulling, carrying or lifting activities.
• Pain may also increase when lying on the affected side, applying pressure to the shoulder or elbow, or on firmly touching the humerus at the site of injury.
• An ache in the upper arm may also be present that is particularly prominent at night or first thing in the morning (especially during the first few days following injury).
• Occasionally pins and needles or numbness may also be experienced in the upper arm, forearm, hand or fingers.
• A thorough subjective and objective examination from a physiotherapist is important to assist with diagnosis of a humeral fracture.
• An X-ray is required to confirm diagnosis and should always be taken if a fracture is suspected clinically.
Further investigation such as
• CT scan or MRI
Consult at Aadil Hospital for further detailed and treatment.