Physiotherapy Treatment of Shoulder Fractures

Humeral fractures occur commonly with up to five percent of all fractures dropping into this category, 80 percent of humeral bone injuries being minimally displaced or undisplaced. Osteoporosis is a contributing factor in several fractures and a bone fracture of the forearm about the same side is a typical presentation. Nerve or arterial damage from the break is a crucial concern but not common. Common sites of fractures would be the top of the hand (neck of humerus – “shoulder fracture”) and the middle of the base of the humerus. Oakville Physiotherapy

The most common cause of a humeral fracture is an immediate fall on the left arm, either on the hands, elbow or directly on the shoulder itself. Anticipated to all muscle that attach to the high humerus, there can be a lot of buff force at the time, dictating how much the bones are pulled into a displaced position. Humeral fractures are more common in seniors with an average age of bone fracture of around 65 years and younger people normally have a history of strong trauma such as engine accidents or sport. 

In the event the fracture occurred without significant force then a pathological cause such as cancer must be thought. On physio examination pain will occur on motion of the shoulder or the elbow, there may be intensive bruising and swelling, the arm may appear short if the fracture is displaced in shaft fractures and there is very restricted arm movement. Radial nerve harm is rare in top humeral fractures but more usual in fractures of the shaft, leading to “wrist drop”, weakness of the wrist and finger extensors plus some thumb movements.

Administration of Humeral Fractures

Following the fracture the person’s movements are kept constrained and sufficient analgesia provided to place them comfortable. With little or no shift the management is non-operative but if the increased tuberosity is fractured then it is important to suspect rotator cuff harm. This is more common in injuries with high forces, when the patient is older or the tuberosity is displaced significantly. Humeral neck fractures can be kept consistent with a collar and cuff, allowing the elbow to keep free, while shaft bone injuries are difficult to deal with but can be braced.

Open reduction internal hinsicht (ORIF) is often performed for displaced fractures with 3 to 4 fragments and more commonly in younger patients, while older patients have humeral head replacement to prevent pain and rigidity in the shoulder. Nailing or plating is employed in shaft fractures if possible but these usually heal without surgery. Humeral fractures can have difficulties including problems for the radial lack of in shaft fractures, icy shoulder and death of the humeral head credited to loss of blood vessels supply. Although normal treatment time is 6-8 several weeks, older sufferers may never re-establish normal array of arm movement.

Shoulder Fracture Treatment by Physiotherapy

Initially the physio assesses the hand, asking the patient of the pain level as this varies greatly, examining the swelling and bruising of the arm. The physiotherapist then checks the available array of movement of the shoulder, elbow, forearm and hand. Any muscle some weakness and sensory loss is noted as this may denote nerve damage. In the event not operated on, a sling went on with and if the bone fracture is not too agonizing or severe, early exercises are started by the physiotherapist. Pendular exercises, with the patient bending over at the waist, are important in the early on stages as they allow movement of the shoulder joint joint with little pressure.

Three weeks following your crack bone healing will be well under way so the physiotherapist will tell the patient in auto-assisted exercises, using the other arm, to help reduce stress on the harm. Unassisted exercises will be the next step as the left arm becomes stronger, to practice lateral and medial rotable and flexion. At half a dozen weeks the bone will be clinically sound so the physio can move on to more vigorous actions with resistance and fragile end-range stretching. Joint mobilisations can be useful to free up the falling and gliding movements of the joint and conditioning and joint range work continued with Theraband.