Proximal Humeral Fractures: A Review of Current Concepts
James C. Widnall1, Sujay K. Dheerendra1, Joby Jacob George Malal*, 2, Mohammed Waseem2
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2013
Issue: Suppl 3
First Page: 361
Last Page: 365
Publisher ID: TOORTHJ-7-361
Article History:Received Date: 13/10/2012
Revision Received Date: 8/12/2012
Acceptance Date: 12/1/2013
Electronic publication date: 6 /9/2013
Collection year: 2013
open-access license: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/) which permits unrestrictive use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The majority of proximal humerus fractures are sustained via low energy falls in the elderly population. These patients can attain an acceptable level of function via non-operative treatment. There is yet to be a clear consensus on treatment options suitable for those that fall outside of this majority group. Open reduction internal fixation, intra medullary nailing and arthroplasty surgery have all been used to varying effects. Good results are achievable if complications such as mal-union, non-union and avascular necrosis can be avoided. This review aims to clarify the options available to the current day trauma surgeon.