Proximal Humerus Fractures

About Proximal Humerus Fractures

A proximal humerus fracture is a common injury to the shoulder, especially among older individuals due to osteoporosis. This type of fracture occurs when the ball, of the ball-and-socket shoulder joint, is broken. About 80 percent of proximal humerus fractures are non-displaced (not out of position) and can be treated in a sling. But 15 to 20 percent of these fractures are displaced, and these may require more invasive treatment. In severe cases, it may be necessary to realign or replace the damaged bone. The options for surgery include realigning the bone fragments and holding them in position with metal implants, or a shoulder replacement.

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