The humerus is the upper arm bone, located between the shoulder and the elbow, and a broken arm to the humerus is often referred to as a broken shoulder. If you have suffered this type of injury then you can expect for it to take around four to eight weeks for your shoulder to heal, and up to 12 weeks to regain full strength. Your shoulder will continue to heal over the next six to 12 months. A broken arm to the humerus is most commonly sustained after a fall, and if you are elderly then it may take you longer to heal, or surgery may even be needed. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation, if somebody else was at fault.
Treatment for a broken arm to the humerus
Because important shoulder muscles are attached to the humerus, it’s vital that you seek advice from your doctor or physiotherapist about what you can and can’t do after your accident. Depending on the area of bone you have fractured, you must make sure you don’t move muscles attached to these sections, or you could cause a deformity during the healing process. Treatment for a fractured humerus usually involves wearing a ‘collar and cuff’ sling, which is designed to support the arm at the wrist, pulling the humerus down and helping it to heal in the correct position.
You can expect to wear the sling for at least six weeks and you’ll be unable to drive for at least eight weeks. If you’re able to carry out your job using one hand then a return to work after a couple of weeks may be possible, but for those with more manual roles, you could be off work for at least three months.
Getting life back to normal after your accident
Your doctor or physiotherapist will be able to advise you when it’s safe to exercise your broken shoulder and get back to your normal activities, but in the meantime, you may wish to think about making a personal injury claim. If somebody else caused your accident – whether you were injured at work or suffered an injury after a slip, trip or fall in a public place – then you could be entitled to make a claim.
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Date Published: February 23, 2017
Author: Rob Steen