Fractured Shoulder (Proximal Humerus)
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- What has happened?
- What should I expect?
- What should I do?
- What should I not do?
- Will I be followed up?
- What if I have concerns/questions?
What has happened?
- You have fractured (broken) the top of your arm bone near the shoulder joint
What should I expect?
- Most of these fractures are treated with a special type of sling called a collar and cuff, followed by physiotherapy, and do not usually require surgery
What should I do?
- The sling will help with pain initially, and you should still move your hand and wrist as often as you can
- You should remove your sling and bend/straighten the elbow regularly from day 1 (this may be easiest if you support the weight of the arm )
- You may be more comfortable sleeping propped up on pillows for the first few days
- As you begin to feel more comfortable, you can start to hang the arm out of the sling and gently move it in circles
- It may take several months before you get back to your normal activities, depending on what you do
- You may wish to book in to see a physiotherapist to help you with rehabilitation from this injury - remember to take your ACC form/number with you
What should I not do?
- We discourage smoking as this may delay bone healing
Will I be followed up?
- Yes, a follow-up appointment in the Orthopaedic Clinic will be requested when you leave the Emergency Department (ED) and you will be contacted about a date and time
What if I have concerns/questions?
- If your injury is not settling or you are worried about how it is healing, please see your GP - take your ACC form/number with you